Sen. Ted Cruz says the GOP is the party of the working class and vows that former President Donald Trump will remain a power player in the Republican Party.

Cruz, the conservative two-term senator from Texas and former and likely future Republican presidential candidate, used his speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference to paint a portrait of a GOP transformed during Trump’s four years in the White House.

“The Republican Party is not the party just of the country clubs. The Republican Party is the party of steelworkers and construction workers and pipeline workers and taxi cab drivers and cops and firefighters, and waiters and waitresses and the men and women with callouses on their hands who are working for this country. That is our party and these deplorables are here to stay,” Cruz said to loud cheers.

“Let me tell you this right now: Donald J. Trump isn’t going’ anywhere,” Cruz said to a standing ovation.

Cruz also predicted success for the GOP as it tries to win back the House and Senate majorities in the 2022 midterm elections and recapture the White House in 2024.

The senator said that “already Joe Biden and the radicals of his administration, they are already overshooting, they are already going too far. Their policies don’t work. They are disasters. They are destroying jobs. They are stripping our freedom.”

“There is a natural pendulum and the country will come back to sanity, and mark my words, 2022 going to be fantastic election year and so is 2024,” Cruz stressed.

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