Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Senate Republicans hope, with few exceptions, that sooner President TrumpDonald TrumpNIH director begs evangelicals to ‘look at evidence’ on vaccines Trump says Grassley has his ‘complete and full approval’ Blinken to hold meetings next week with UAE, Israeli foreign ministers MORE does not announce his intention to run for president again.

These GOP senators certainly do not want to see Trump announce a bid before the 2022 midterm elections for fear it could sink their hopes of winning back the Senate.

More generally, they are generally reluctant to see him on the 2024 ballot because of his track record of independent and swinging voters.

Several Republican senators who asked for anonymity to discuss Trump honestly said they did not want to see Trump return as the party’s standard bearer.

“I think we feel better when he’s not part of a story,” said a Republican senator, who said his views are widely shared in the GOP conference.

“He is a clinical narcissist. He threw the election away in the debate with Biden, and he threw the Senate out in spite of it, ”the lawmaker added, referring to Trump’s first against Biden, which many Republican senators considered a disaster, and his influence on Republican voter turnout in Georgia’s special election.

One thing is crystal clear: Most GOP senators believe Trump is announcing a bid before midterms would hurt them.

“The 2022 election should be about the Biden administration and its rolling disasters, so anything that would deter the public from focusing on what democratic governance does to this country would be poorly advised,” Sen said. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson Hillicon Valley – Presented by the American Edge Project – TSA to Issue Cyber ​​Security Directives to Secure Railroads, Aviation Sectors Bills requiring companies to report cyber incidents moving forward in the Senate End Citizens United, Let America Vote Approves Mandela Barnes , Cheri Beasley front from 2022 MORE (R-Wis.), An ally of Trump when asked about the possibility that Trump could announce his campaign next year.

Johnson, one of the top Democratic targets next year, has not decided whether to run for re-election, but expects Democrats to get the Wisconsin Senate race to be about Trump.

“It simply came to our notice then. They will distract, and most of the mainstream media will try to do the same. “We need to focus – not just Republicans, but the country needs to focus on what a disaster the Biden administration has been,” he said.

Republicans are doing well with their midfield chances if the race is focused on President BidenJoe BidenBiden remembers General Odierno: ‘Part of some of our most poignant memories’ Builds back better by investing in workers and communities Internal struggles get hotter over the Biden agenda MORE‘s agenda and record, given his softening job approval assessments.

Another Republican senator whose seat is re-elected in 2022 said Trump’s re-election as a candidate would be a gift to Democrats who want to do next year’s middle ground on Trump, whether or not he announces a 2024 presidential campaign.

“As my colleagues see it, he is an asset in the primary election if he is with you, and then it creates challenges in the general election,” the legislator said. “He’s different from any political person I’ve ever known.”

Trump is still a big topic in the Senate GOP conference – and a bit of a mystery. The senator said Senate Republicans discuss Trump from time to time with each other, and neither of them has any idea whether he really wants to run or not.

Some GOP senators predict that Trump will run because he needs attention and has a good chance of winning the party’s nomination in 2024. Others believe he will not risk losing again to Biden or may not be healthy enough to to run yet another grueling campaign.

Past speakers Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) Recently met with a group of senior Republican Senators and suggested that Trump would like to run, but would only do so if he felt healthy enough for the campaign track and office.

A Republican senator who certainly does not want to see Trump win the nomination in 2024, says GOP colleagues and aides, is a minority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blows company under testimony Growing numbers of Democrats fully support abolishing debt limit McConnell promises GOP will not help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer ‘tantrum’ MORE (R-Ky.), Who this week was again attacked by the former president over his debt ceiling strategy.

McConnell has firmly refused to acknowledge Trump’s attack or name him by name.

Many Senate Republicans blame Trump for the loss of their majority.

Democrats won disrupted victories in both Georgia Senate races in January after Trump publicly questioned whether the state’s voting practice was rigged, dampening GOP voters’ enthusiasm ahead of the election campaign.

As a result, Senate Republicans were not thrilled to read last week’s story in The Washington Post that Trump wanted to announce his 2024 campaign and had to be spoken out of it by his political advisers.

Senate Minority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell promises GOP will not help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer ‘tantrum’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – After high drama raises Senate debt limit GOP tries to remove filibuster pressure from Manchin, Cinema MORE (RS.D.) laughed uncomfortably when asked about Trump wanting to return to the political arena, more than three years before Election Day 2024.

“I’m shocked, am I?” he asked.

Thune is up for re-election in 2022, and Trump has called for South Dakota Gov. Kristie Noem to challenge him in a primary election.

Dens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump goes to Iowa as talk in 2024 grows GOP tries to remove filibuster pressure from Manchin, Sinema Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (RS.C.), Trump’s closest ally in the Senate, who played golf with the former president a few weeks ago, told The Hill that he is “struggling a bit to get in the race.”

But Graham acknowledged that there could be a downside to announcing his presidential bid early.

“The sooner he gets in, the more they can attack him, but also the more money he can raise,” he said.

“I have pushed the idea that a draft Trump movement would be well received,” added Graham, one of the few Republican senators who publicly approved another Trump White House bid.

“I think he was a good president for the things I care about,” he said. “He’s going to have to deal with the problems by 2020, but yes, I think he would be the most viable candidate right now.”

Trump has other fans in the Senate GOP conference, e.g. The first event Sens. Bill Haggerty (R-Tenn.) And Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), But they appear to be in the minority among Republican senators.

A senior GOP senator said many Republican senators see Trump as a potential responsibility in 2022 and 2024.

“Everyone would prefer that he wait until after the middle periods. We lost Georgia because of him, “said the assistant. “When we got into a run-off, Trump said your vote is not trust and not votes, so it’s not surprising that we lost.”

“If Trump decides he’s going back now, it’s all about Trump,” the assistant warned.

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