The effort by establishment Republicans to distance themselves from former President Donald Trump continues.
On Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), was asked by Chuck Todd if the committee would support the reelection of senators like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, whose challenger in next year’s primary has already been endorsed by Trump.
Scott’s response was interesting to say the least, and can really only be taken one way.
WATCH: NRSC Chairman @SenRickScott says he "absolutely" supports Lisa Murkowski in her race and will help her campaign against her challenger, whom Trump endorsed. #MTP pic.twitter.com/G11SgSQPzK
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 7, 2021
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The Message Is Clear
Scott made the message clear, stating,
“Absolutely. … We support all of our incumbents. And fortunately for us, we’ve got great candidates running in our primaries. And fortunately for us, we’ve got Bernie Sanders candidates on the other side in many primaries, and so we’re going to be in a great position in ‘22.”
So, if you are someone who has decided to challenge the status quo, and think that you can do a better job than Senator Fill-in-the-Blank who has been a senator for so long his earliest votes have to be looked up on microfilm well, too bad for you.
And, if you happen to have gotten an early endorsement from Donald Trump, doesn’t matter.
The GOP establishment will be supporting incumbents – even ones like Murkowski who voted to convict President Trump in sham impeachment schemes.
Once again, we’re looking at the establishment versus Donald Trump.
Put another way, the establishment versus you.
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What has Lisa Murkowski ever accomplished? Has she ever done anything conservative? What, exactly, has she conserved? Isn’t that the point?
Is there a secret clause for @NRCC and @NRSC that they must destroy themselves and seize defeat from the jaws of victory ? https://t.co/kjONMfj90k
— Trevor Zantos (@usgeneral25) November 8, 2021
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The Swamp Protection Racket
The rise of a political novice like Donald Trump is something that certainly Democrats do not understand, and but for a few exceptions, Republicans don’t either.
But the job of the NRSC is very clear, protect those who have managed to thrust themselves into the club, no matter how big a disaster they are, at all costs, whatever it costs.
Senator Scott was careful not to badmouth a Trump endorsement. But now the establishment GOP are feeling their oats after Glenn Youngkin’s win in Virginia, where he accepted a Trump endorsement, but Trump was never anywhere near Virginia.
Another member of “the club” who said the quiet part out loud is Trump critic and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
During a CNN “State of the Union” appearance, Hogan described any Trump involvement this way:
“I’m concerned about it. It’s obviously an issue to contend with. And if the former president interferes with primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in, say, swing districts and purple states, that’s going to hurt.”
Interferes? It is entirely possible there could have been some quickie policy change, but didn’t Donald Trump become a private citizen, free to support the candidates of his choice the minute Joe Biden became president?
.@SenRickScott is a RINO and another swamp. These people do not represent their base, that's why they should be primaried. They do not deserve our time, money or votes. Do not send any money to GOP, NRSC or NRCC. Send the money directly to the candidate of your choice. https://t.co/yOusIMyczG
— Marius Hurton 🇺🇸 (@HurtonMarius) November 7, 2021
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Battle Lines Have Been Drawn
This is where the Republican Party is. The establishment Republicans are making it more obvious, they want Trump gone. But they know that the majority of the Republican base still very much supports him.
Lisa Murkowski is one of seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump. In June, Trump endorsed her primary opponent, Kelly Tshibaka. Murkowski ranks number two in the Senate to cast the most votes not aligned with her party. But she will get the support of the NRSC.
A word of warning to anyone challenging a Republican incumbent, your support will come from average Americans who more than likely support Donald Trump, more than the Republican Party.
Dear @NRSC @SenRickScott @LeaderMcConnell @SenateGOP NO. I will not back ANY candidate that is America Last. You’re really not paying attention. She will be primaried. And lose. https://t.co/IwYqoyrdCN
— Dagny-Reagan-Taggert (@Dagny_R_Taggert) November 7, 2021
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