As Republicans grow “increasingly nervous” about their prospects in November, the NRSC warned their candidates in a 57-page memo on April 17, “don’t defend Trump” as more reports detailed how the Trump administration ignored warnings, failed to ramp up testing, and allowed the coronavirus to “silently spread” throughout the United States for weeks.
But the NRSC’s attempt to distance their vulnerable candidates from Trump’s plunging poll numbers was too late — GOP incumbents and candidates were already on tape praising the president’s handling of this public health and economic crisis. Now, the NRSC is rushing to show the “fealty” the president demands by asserting “there is no daylight” between Senate Republicans and the president as a “furious” Trump campaign threatens to pull support from GOP candidates who don’t defend Trump.
“As the NRSC made clear, there’s no daylight between the president and Senate Republicans on the inadequate and dangerous coronavirus response,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “Instead of holding the White House accountable, Republicans put their political self-interest first — and it’s backfiring.”
Take a look at what incumbent Republican Senators, who’ve “worked hand in glove” with Trump, have said:
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