And, on Tuesday, McConnell clarified that he believes former President Donald Trump’s focus on the 2020 election is certainly detrimental to the GOP’s prospects in the upcoming midterm elections.
“I think we need to think about the future, not the past. I think the American people are focused on this administration, what it’s doing for the country, and that’s my hope.” That ’22 election will be a referendum on performance. The current administration’s, no repetition of suggestions about what would have happened in 2020.”
That’s about as close as McConnell will get to an outright denial of Trump and tactics, such as it is, that the former president is peddling – a hard focus on trying to prove voter fraud in the 2020 election.
While Trump’s relentless efforts to re-run the 2020 election have been ongoing for months, that effort went to another level last week when Trump suggested that future elections, unless the previous election was reversed. will be in vain.
That statement brought back bad memories for Republicans, who lost not one but two Senate seats in Georgia earlier this year because Trump (and many of his close aides) were focused almost entirely on the 2020 election – those For the loss of two runoff Joe changed McConnell from Senate Majority Leader to Senate Minority Leader.
Which, of course, is true. Midterm elections in the president’s first term have been disastrous for his party – mainly because they serve as referendums in the first two years of his term. Trump lost 40 Republican seats — and a majority — in 2018. Barack Obama lost 63 seats – and a majority in 2010.
Trump’s ongoing rhetoric about the 2020 election bolsters the desire of McConnell (and other party strategists) to forego the 2022 midterm solely about Joe Biden and his performance in office. It’s dumb that Biden’s job approval is stuck in his mid-40s — a danger zone for Democrats who are hoping to win or re-election next November.
Given that — and Trump’s continued popularity among the party’s base — it’s no easy matter for McConnell to keep the GOP and its candidates focused on the future rather than being stuck in the past.
A lot depends on Trump and his whims. And if the past is the prologue, that’s bad news for McConnell.
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