Former President Donald Trump has only been out of office for a few months, but he’s already preparing for a big political comeback, even if it’s too soon to decide on another run for the White House.
During an interview that aired Monday evening on Fox News, Trump hinted at his heavy involvement in the 2022 midterm elections, which will be a highly competitive year for both major parties. With Democrats in narrow control of the House and Senate, Republicans will be scrambling to topple their power.
Trump may have lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, but he still views himself as a kingmaker in the Republican Party.
“Look, almost everybody I endorse wins,” Trump told host Sean Hannity, specifically referring to Rep. Julia Letlow, whom he endorsed for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, after her husband, late Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, died of COVID-19 complications in December. Julia Letlow won her special election in March.
Trump, who has said he won’t decide on a 2024 run until after the 2022 midterm elections, exuded confidence in Republicans taking back control of the House, but acknowledged that he believes the Senate will be more of a challenge.
The former president claimed that without his help, at least eight Republican incumbents in the upper chamber would have lost their race in 2020, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom the president has publicly scorned in recent months.
“I tell you that at least eight senators would have lost their race,” Trump said. “I could name them but I don’t want to embarrass them, but that includes Mitch, who is heading south. He called me up. He said, ‘I need your help.’ And I’m very popular in Kentucky. I love Kentucky. And they love me. And I helped him and he won by the most he’s ever won by.”
As to how far Trump will go to be involved, the former president said he’s prepared to make calls, and do a rally if someone needs one.
The former president has already given support to Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama’s Senate race, his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the Arkansas governor’s race, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who is running for reelection, among several others.
Trump has also nudged former NFL player Herschel Walker to run in Georgia’s Senate race, as well as urging Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson to run for reelection. Johnson, a Trump ally who helped lead congressional investigations into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, over his ties to Ukraine and China, previously said he would retire after his second term.
“He is much more popular than anybody understands,” Trump said Monday of Johnson.
Original Author: Mica Soellner
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