National Republican Congressional Committee Chair (NRCC) Tom Emmer warned former President Trump against backing primary challenges to Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him.
Emmer made the comments in an interview with Politico.
“He can do whatever he wants,” said the Minnesota Republican. “But I would tell him that it’s probably better for us that we keep these people and we make sure that we have a majority that can be sustained going forward.”
On Trump weighing into the primaries, Emmer said, “That’s not gonna be helpful.”
Still, Emmer opined that it would be wise for the party to embrace some of Trump’s policies because they brought Republicans “a lot of new voters” and were “hugely popular.”
“That’s not gonna be helpful,” he said.
He plans to talk to Trump about not challenging the rank & file.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) March 3, 2021
Trump Will Support Primary Challenges to Pro-Impeachment Republicans
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President Trump last week announced that he was planning to form a super PAC, a sure sign he intends to help shape the future of the Republican party heading into 2022 and 2024.
Seven out of the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching Trump are already facing primary challenges for their congressional seats.
Adam Kinzinger (IL), one of those seven being primaried and who voted in favor of impeachment, formed a new PAC of his own, claiming he is fighting to “take back” the party from Trump.
Adam is a patriot who fought for America from Northwest Florida.
We will always appreciate & honor his service.
Now, he wants to target my America First politics, referencing me by name.
Fucking bring it.
Adam needs PACs to win elections.
I don’t. https://t.co/TE9TPt6QJv
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 11, 2021
In a statement last month, Trump savaged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he is “a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack” and indicating he was willing to wage war against the establishment GOP.
“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” he added.
While McConnell did not vote in favor of impeachment, he certainly placed blame on the former President for a riot at the Capitol in January.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 12, 2021
How Can They Win Back the House?
Emmer needs to find a way to back Trump, not the other way around.
The NRCC last month released a list of 47 “vulnerable Democrats” they plan to target in 2022 in an effort to take back the House.
The memo reminds voters that Republicans are “just five seats short of a majority” following some unexpected successes in the 2020 election.
But how do they think those unexpected successes came about? It wasn’t because Trump supporters stayed away from the polls.
🚨🚨🚨 You do NOT want to be one of these 47 @HouseDemocrats 🚨🚨🚨
Check out our newly released list detailing offensive pick-up opportunities for the 2022 cycle >>>https://t.co/dFAvhIqse9
— NRCC (@NRCC) February 10, 2021
A newly released poll indicates a majority – nearly 50 percent – of Trump voters would follow the former President to a new party and abandon the GOP.
And while he has shied away from announcing a new party, Trump would certainly hold some weight when it comes to his supporters voting in favor of primary challenges.
Other polls have shown a vast majority of GOP voters want to see Trump play a big role in the future of the party and a supermajority of them want their legislators to be more like Trump and less like establishment politicians.
Emmer told Politico he expects to have a conversation with Trump “at some point” about how to move forward.
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