House Republicans are increasingly embracing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats Democrats Washington trolls Trump over Virginia gubernatorial race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump in Herschel Walker event MOREis the “stolen” election report that underscores the former president’s grip on the GOP of Congress and raises questions about what might happen if they return to the majority.
Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP campaign arm raises .8 million in third quarter The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations – 90-year-old ‘Star Trek’ actor describes site visit GOP leader’s remarks about Fox underscore Trumps power MORE (La.), The Republican whip, raised eyebrows a week ago during an interview with Fox News Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins GOP leaders’ remarks on Fox underscore Trump’s power Note: Anti-democratic fears rise as GOP raises election doubts MORE when he refused to say that Biden won last year’s election reasonably.
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Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Leader of the far-right Right-Freedom Council, goes on to question the legitimacy of the result.
Then there are a host of Trump’s most ardent allies in the Capitol – including the Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJan. 6 committees issue final round of subpoenas to rally organizers House Republican urges Biden to have a plan to curb drug trafficking in Afghanistan Allies see rising prospects for Trump 2024 White House bids MORE (Ohio), Jim Banks (Ind.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar Domestic extremists return to Capitol Republicans distance themselves from ‘Justice for J6’ rally Washington increases security ahead of rally September 18 MORE (Ariz.) Og Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay the danger of Capitol riots increase Memo: What about anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (Ga.) – who has kept asking questions about the “irregularities” of the poll.
Other GOP lawmakers — such as Iowa Representatives Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson — have recently appeared with Trump at public events in which the former president has shaken the crowd with false claims that he is the rightful commander-in-chief. Still others are pushing party leaders to make election integrity a central plank in the 2022 platform, though many in the party hope to turn the page and focus on Biden’s challenges.
It is no wonder that House Republicans support Trump’s claims, even after they led to riots in the Capitol on January 6 that forced their own evacuations.
The former president has spent the 11 months since his election defeat with cheeky but false claims that the process was rigged by a constellation of corrupt election officials, foreign governments and election technology companies.
Almost every day, he sends various missives to the press and his supporters to back up his allegations of fraud that changes games for which he has not provided credible evidence.
Trump’s claims have been solidly rejected by dozens of courts – state and federal – and electoral authorities from both sides, who have warned of the existential dangers to the country if a large number of voters lose faith in an electoral system that is the cornerstone of its democracy. Still, nearly six out of ten Republican voters say it is “important” for the party to believe Trump won, according to a recent CNN poll.
Trump’s arguments – and the following they have generated – also have real effects on state houses, with a number of lawmakers taking steps to change the way elections will be held in the future. Trump is pushing Republicans across the country to not only look at last year’s election, but also make sure future elections are handled differently, too.
Trump this week sought to put more pressure on elected Republicans, warning that GOP voters will not attend the midterm if party leaders do no more to tackle the “stolen” election last November.
“If we do not resolve the presidential election fraud by 2020 (as we have thoroughly and definitively documented), Republicans will not vote in ’22 or ’24,” he said in a statement issued through his deep-seated PAC. “That’s the most important thing for Republicans to do.”
The threats have raised alarms about their potential impact on electoral policy and could also be problematic for GOP officials seeking to win a majority in Parliament and the Senate in 2022.
Trump’s claims about the 2020 election undermined GOP confidence in the system and depressed Republicans’ turnout in two drains in Georgia, strategists said, costing the party two seats – and the Senate majority – with victories from Democrats Jon OssoffJon Ossoff Herschel Walker raises .7 million since start of Senate campaign Former Georgia Senate candidate says the seeds of the ‘big lie’ were sown ‘many years’ before November 2020 Photos of the week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse MORE and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockTom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie will join Trump for Herschel Walker event Democratic established forces fundraising benefit in key Senate races Warnock raises .5 million in third quarter MORE.
“We have seen how this film ends. That’s why we have Senators Ossoff and Warnock, “said GOP strategist Matt Gorman, a former official of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “We need every Republican to show up next year. The stakes are too high. ”
The pressure last week on Trump’s warning, Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Congress Congress has to step up on crypto, or Biden can crush what the House GOP campaign arm raises. 8 million in third quarter MORE (R-Minn.), The chairman of the House GOP’s campaign arm, quickly downplayed the message.
“The former president, he is a private citizen,” Emmer said during the call. “Of course he has the right to his own opinion.”
Trump is scheduled to headline the National Republican Congressional Committee’s afternoon dinner.
“He is still the biggest draw in our party and we are happy that he is helping our efforts to fire Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Democrats increase pressure on Biden to forgive student loan Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face a growing storm over IRS reporting rules MORE, ”Said Emmer.
Trump seems to have his eyes on a presidential campaign in 2024, and the number of people who think he will run for the White House again is growing.
But for Republicans hoping to win the House back, focusing on Trump is also a double-edged sword.
Trump has been excluded from social media, but maintains a strong presence in GOP circles by issuing burning statements from his home base in Mar-a-Lago, while often traveling around the country to excess rallies and offering coveted recommendations to GOP- graduates, both established and challengers.
Trump’s animating forces have encouraged GOP leaders who are bullish on their chances of winning the House in 2023 and enthusiastic about getting Trump to stir the base up. But by playing the 2020 election, the former president is also distracting from Republicans’ preferred campaign focus, centered on Biden and the many challenges his government faces, including the ongoing pandemic, skyrocketing inflation and a southern border migrant crisis.
It’s a distraction that Democrats are more than happy to highlight.
“The Republican Party has made it very clear that blind loyalty to Donald Trump’s ego is the only principle they adhere to,” the rep said. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), leader of the Democrats’ campaign arm, on Trump’s medium-term threat.
The Virginia gubernatorial race next month could serve as a roadmap for how battlefield Republicans will handle Trump in 2022. Trump is both an asset and a curse to GOP governor nominee Glenn Youngkin: He needs Trump to get out of the conservative base , but if he hugs Trump too enthusiastically, Youngkin will alienate independents and lose in a state that rejected Trump in both 2016 and 2020.
Last week, Trump called for a “Take Back Virginia Rally” based on Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and praised Youngkin as a “great gentleman” and “truly successful.” Still, one key person was missing from the convention: Youngkin himself.
It turned out to be a smart decision by Youngkin. The small crowd at the rally recited a pledge of allegiance to an American flag allegedly flown at Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally that led to the January 6 violent uprising in the Capitol.
Despite his absence, Youngkin was still forced to resolve the issue, calling it “strange and wrong to promise faith against a flag associated with January 6.”
“As I have said many times before, the violence that took place on January 6 was sick and wrong,” he said.