Mitch McConnell just sent a VERY clear message to Donald Trump about 2022

Mitch McConnell’s entire being isand always has beenfocused on winning elections. Every move he makes and every thing he says is part of a broader effort to ensure that his side winds up with more seatsand therefore more controlthan the other guys.

和, 星期二, McConnell made clear that he believes former President Donald Trump’s ongoing focus on the 2020 election is decidedly detrimental to the GOP’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections.
Asked by CNN’s Manu Raju whether he was comfortable with candidates embracing Trump, McConnell said this:
    I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past. I think the American people are focusing on this administration, what it’s doing to the country, and it’s my hope the ’22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020.
      That’s about as close as McConnell will get to outright refutation of Trump and the strategy, such as it is, that the former president is peddlinga hard focus on trying to prove (nonexistent) voter fraud in the 2020 选举.
        While Trump’s continued attempts to re-litigate the 2020 election have been ongoing for months, that effort went to another level in the last week when Trump suggested that unless the last election was overturned, future elections would be pointless.

        If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24, Trump said in a statement via his Save America PAC. “It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.
          That statement brought back bad memories for Republicans who lost not one but two Senate seats in Georgia earlier this year as Trump (and several of his closest allies) were focused almost entirely on the 2020 选举 — to the detriment of those two runoffs which turned McConnell from Senate majority leader to Senate minority leader.
          McConnell’s warning comes just days after Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said much the same thing, 坚持认为 re-litigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022.
          Which is, 当然, 真正. Midterm elections in a president’s first term have been disastrous for his partylargely because they function as a referendum on the first two years of the term. Trump lost 40 Republican seatsand the majority — 在 2018. Barack Obama lost 63 座位 — and the majority in 2010.
          Trump’s ongoing rhetoric about the 2020 election complicates the desire of McConnell (and other party strategists) to make the 2022 midterms solely about Joe Biden’s and his performance in office. Which is dumb given that Biden’s job approval is stuck in the low to mid 40sa danger zone for Democrats hoping to win election or reelection next November.
          The problem for McConnell (and all those Republicans) is that Trump has shown zero willingness to do what is good for the party as opposed to what he believes is good for him. He has also repeatedly attacked McConnell, calling him themost overrated man in politics,” 除其他事项外.
            鉴于 — and Trump’s continued popularity among the base of the partyit is no simple thing for McConnell to wrench the GOP and its candidates toward a focus on the future rather than staying mired in the past.
            Much depends on Trump and his whims. And if past is prologue, that’s bad news for McConnell.

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