McConnell sees no Trump-induced Republican 'infighting' ahead in 2022 primaries

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell shrugged off the danger that GOP infighting might pose to the 2022 midterm elections with former President Donald Trump’s heavy-handed approach to supporting candidates who align with his Make America Great Again agenda and opposing incumbents who have crossed him.






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The Kentucky Republican told Fox News on Thursday that he is focusing on the Biden administration and that the elections in a year and a half won’t be affixed to matters from when Trump was in office.

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“He has his own agenda. And my view is, we’re going to focus on this administration and the future,” McConnell said when pressed on whether he would welcome the former president’s involvement in the 2022 midterm elections.

Since leaving office, Trump has been doling out endorsements for GOP candidates in the U.S. House, Senate, gubernatorial positions, secretary of state and attorney general contenders, and Republican Party leadership, testing the strength of his influence in the GOP leading up to midterm elections.

When asked whether he believed “infighting” within the GOP would become a problem in 2022 due to Trump’s involvement, McConnell described why he does not foresee any major complications for the party at large.

“Well, that was a problem in 2010 and 2012. There’s no indication it will be a problem in ’22. I do think the big issue in ’22 is not going to be about the past. It’s going to be about the future,” the senator said.

Trump’s efforts have set him on a collision course with several incumbent Republicans, including McConnell. A prominent pro-McConnell super PAC recently expressed willingness to intervene against Trump-selected candidates if the group determines they pose a risk of losing seats. The Republican Party is fighting to reclaim control of the Senate after two January special elections in Georgia handed it to the Democrats.

MITCH MCCONNELL IS STICKING BY SENATE GOP INCUMBENTS EVEN AT RISK OF CONFRONTATION WITH TRUMP

The House of Representatives impeached Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection in connection to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol by rioters as lawmakers met to affirm the 2020 results. Ten Republicans even joined Democrats in supporting the impeachment and are now facing primary challenges backed by Trump and his allies.

However, Trump was acquitted by the Senate. Among those who voted against conviction was then-Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who then took to the floor and accused the former president of being “practically and morally responsible” for the riot. Though McConnell has also defended the president on some occasions since January, the former president has repeatedly lashed out at the senator, even calling him a “son of a b****” at a private dinner in April.

“We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell has not done a great job. I think they should change Mitch McConnell,” Trump said in a Fox Business interview.

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In his Fox News interview on Thursday, McConnell sought to distance the party from Trump’s leadership and insisted that he wants to make the 2022 elections a referendum on the Biden administration.

“I think what’s going on now and what they’ve prescribed for the future is what will be on the ballot in November of ’22. If you look at the history of first-year, first midterm elections after a new administration, the picture looks pretty good for Senate and House Republicans,” he said.

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