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Analysis: Donald Trump is doing everything he can to damage Republican prospects in 2022

“If we don’t solve the 2020 presidential election fraud (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans won’t vote in ’22 or ’24. That’s the most important thing for Republicans.”

If you made a statement in a lab, you would be hard-pressed to make it more counterproductive to Republican efforts to win back House and Senate majorities lost in Trump years.

What Trump is saying is, quite simply, that unless he is reinstated as president—due to (non-existent) voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election—republican voters will need to be in the mid-terms of 2022 (and 2024). Presidential elections) should withhold their votes. )

It is reminiscent of the “tactics” used by Trump’s “legal” team during the Georgia Senate runoff earlier this year.

Sydney Powell to plead strongly “To tell all Georgians that you will not vote until your vote is secured – and I mean that regardless of party.” Meanwhile, Lynn Wood told voters that “tHis is Georgia. We are not fools. We are not going to vote on another machine made by China on January 5th.”
Both Republican incumbents lost the runoff and, in doing so, the Democrats forfeited the Senate majority. absolutely brilliant “strategy“There by Powell and Wood.

Now, Trump is giving his voice to the “don’t vote” crowd. And he’s doing so at a decidedly bad time – as Republicans clearly have momentum nationally, President Joe Biden’s dipping approval ratings, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and, of late, supply chain issues. Inspired by those who threaten to bring down Americans. Economy

That national environment – coupled with historical data that suggests Republicans are set to make a pickup next November – leaves GOPers more optimistic in 2020 than at any time since Trump’s loss.

Enter Trump—who seems hell-bent on slowing (or stopping) that pace as he pursues his own personal vendetta and agenda.

In addition to urging Republican voters not to vote in 2022 until the 2020 results are reversed, Trump has spent nine months of his presidency waging an all-out war on fellow Republicans who he believes are That a grave injustice has been done to them.

Trump has endorsed primary challengers for the likes of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and has rejoiced in the retirement of Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez. The trio voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

The former president has also repeatedly attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to the Kentucky Republican “Highest Rated Man in Politics.” And he has backed Senate candidates that McConnell (and the party establishment) had expressed doubts about – from From Herschel Walker in Georgia to Mo Brooks in Alabama to Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania.

Overall, it’s hard to see how Trump could be less helpful to Republicans as he put together pieces of a campaign he hopes will restore his majority in the House and Senate. And why? Because Trump is about Trump. He does what he wants – and what he thinks benefits him politically – first, second and always.

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