MCCONNELL: Well, 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 in the autumn 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 in the House.
A take a look at McConnell’s full answer explains why he does not need Trump kicking round these key Senate races. He needs the main target to be solely on “this administration and the future, what they’re trying to do to the country and make it a referendum in the fall of ’22 on how people feel about this new government.”
McConnell (and his fellow Senate and House Republicans) cannot make the 2022 midterms a pure referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in workplace if Trump is out in the states speaking about how he actually gained the 2020 election and the way GOPers want to assist him overturn the outcomes.
The downside for McConnell is that, as he acknowledged on Fox, Trump “has his own agenda.” Which implies that Trump’s agenda and McConnell’s agenda do not actually align. And there is a zero p.c probability that Trump will not loom over the midterms in methods which can be prone to complicate McConnell’s hopes of retaking the bulk subsequent November.
For instance, Trump has already made clear he plans to campaign towards Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski subsequent 12 months — as punishment for her inadequate loyalty to him whereas in workplace. “She’s the best friend 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 think she will be met very harshly by the Alaska voters in 15 months, and I will be there to campaign against her!”
While Alaska is probably the most distinguished 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, consultants deal with issues. But this is Donald Trump we’re speaking about, so there’s completely no probability of that.