Jittery GOP leadership telling some candidates to avoid talking about Trump as midterms loom – report

The Biden regime’s dramatic escalation against former President Donald J. Trump with the raid of his Mar-a-Lago residence along with the media innuendo about the contents of the boxes that were confiscated by the FBI appears to have spooked GOP leadership with the midterm elections rapidly approaching.

(Video: CNN)

According to CNN’s Melanie Zanona, sources have told her that the head of the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) is putting out the word to candidates in certain districts to avoid bringing up the former POTUS in order to avoid falling into the trap of shifting the topic away from President Joe Biden’s policies and their disastrous results to making it all about Trump.

On Friday’s edition of “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, Zanona reported that her sources have dished that Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, who serves as the NRCC chair, is trying to muzzle House candidates as campaigns prepare to enter their final stretch before one of the most consequential off-year elections in the nation’s history.

Responding to Blitzer’s question on the “Trump factor” in the midterms, she said, “I am told that Tom Emmer – he is the head of the House GOP’s campaign arm – has been privately counseling some Republican candidates in battleground districts to avoid the Trump talk and to not be distracted by the former president, and to instead focus on the issues like inflation and crime when they’re out on the campaign trail.”

“And so, it is very clear that GOP leaders want these upcoming midterms to be a referendum on Joe Biden and not on Donald Trump even though he does continue to remain a powerful force inside the party,” she said. “And I’ve talked to a number of these Republican candidates and they said they do try to avoid talking about Trump.”

“One of them told me that they only mention him when they’re asked about Trump, another said they don’t mention him by name ever and they try to just focus on his policies, but that is getting increasingly difficult to do with Trump dominating headlines, coming under investigation, and even teasing a presidential run before the midterms,” she said.

“And so there is a lot of Republican concern about how this is all going to potentially impact their efforts to retake the House majority, but Wolf, we still have to point out that this concern about Trump’s role in the midterms is not just limited to the House,” Zanona added. “In the Senate, we heard from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who has said the fall fight is going to be extremely close, in part because of some of these Trump-backed candidates who have struggled in their races.”

This week, when speaking at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon, McConnell expressed the defeatist view that it was highly likely that Democrats would retain control of the upper chamber, making it virtually impossible to reverse the damage that Biden and his party have done.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” he said. “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”

“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate. Either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” he said.

Less than three months before the midterms is hardly the time to get squeamish and going into a defensive crouch against Democrat attacks is hardly an inspiring message from GOP leadership.

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