Several Republicans in the upper chamber, including at least one for re-election next year, have been down on statements The Hill On the promise of anonymity.
“He’s a clinical narcissist. He threw the election in a debate with Biden and he threw it Senate Regardless, “one senator told the newsman,” I think we’re fine when he’s not part of any story. “
One Senator, Ron Johnson, went on record saying something distracting from the president’s performance Joe Biden, Including Mr Trump’s bid for the White House, was “bad advice.”
“The election of 2022 should be about the Biden administration and its rolling disasters so it does not advocate anything that focuses the public’s attention on what the democratic regime is doing to this country,” he said The Hill
His remarks strongly conflict with the views of his colleagues in the House, who are publicly proud of the former president’s race and vowed that he will defeat the 2024 Democratic Party candidate.
“[A]On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was the inaugural president, “said Rep. Clay Higgins, one of the Republicans who spread false claims about the 2020 election during a recent congressional hearing.” : On January 20, 2025, we will fix it.
Mr. Higgins and many other Republicans come from the red districts comfortably in the House, which has no chance of getting into Democratic hands, thanks to state-level factors ranging from local politics to gerrymandering. Many senators do not have the same luxury, and Democrats are from “purple” states that have made statewide gains in the 2020 election.
Many in both chambers are reluctant to break publicly with the former president because of his hold on the Republican Party, though Mr Trump maintains a public feud with the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell For a decision to vote against objections to the certification of Electoral College results in January.
Fifteen GOP senators are running for reelection in 2022 and five are retiring. The tide of retirement creates an obstacle for the party because its members hope to regain the Senate; By comparison, there will be more than a dozen more Democrats holding office next year, and none of the Democrats have announced their retirement.
“Just like my colleagues [up for reelection] Look at it, if he is with you he is an asset in the primaries and then it creates challenges in the general election, ”said a GOP senator who is facing an election next year The Hill, Adding: “He’s different than any other political person I know.”
Mr Trump has taken a different course than other former presidents since leaving office in January and continuing to host campaign-style rallies across the nation; Most recently, they held a rally in Iowa on Saturday where they attacked their successor and gave them their usual false claims about their 2020 defeat.
The rallies have sparked speculation that Mr Trump will run again in 2024, with the former president hinting at the forum and thereby creating a huge cloud of potential 2024 GOP primary.
Recent polls show that more than half of GOP primary voters support Mr. Trump as a party candidate if primaries are held this year.