MCCONNELL: Effectively, he has his personal agenda. And my view is, we will deal with this administration and the long run, what they’re making an attempt to do to the nation and make it a referendum within the fall of ’22 on how folks really feel about this new authorities they narrowly elected whereas they proceed the 50-50 Senate and a detailed rating over within the Home.
A have a look at McConnell’s full reply explains why he does not need Trump kicking round these key Senate races. He needs the main focus to be fully on “this administration and the long run, what they’re making an attempt to do to the nation and make it a referendum within the fall of ’22 on how folks really feel about this new authorities.”
McConnell (and his fellow Senate and Home Republicans) cannot make the 2022 midterms a pure referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in workplace if Trump is out within the states speaking about how he actually gained the 2020 election and the way GOPers want to assist him overturn the outcomes.
The issue for McConnell is that, as he acknowledged on Fox, Trump “has his personal agenda.” Which means that Trump’s agenda and McConnell’s agenda do not actually align. And there is a zero % probability that Trump will not loom over the midterms in methods which are prone to complicate McConnell’s hopes of retaking the bulk subsequent November.
For instance, Trump has already made clear he plans to marketing campaign towards Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski subsequent 12 months — as punishment for her inadequate loyalty to him whereas in workplace. “She’s one of the best buddy Washington Democrats ever had—and Alaska’s reward for that betrayal is an empowered Left coming after their wealth and jobs,” Trump stated of Murkowski in an announcement on Monday. “I believe she might be met very harshly by the Alaska voters in 15 months, and I might be there to marketing campaign towards her!”
Whereas Alaska is probably the most outstanding instance of how Trump’s presence (and meddling) might hamstring Senate Republicans, it is far from the one instance.
So, yeah. McConnell might want Trump to remain out of Senate races — and let the, er, specialists deal with issues. However that is Donald Trump we’re speaking about, so there’s completely no probability of that.