New reporting from The Hill details how the growing “tension between Trump and McConnell has made life difficult for” NRSC Chair Rick Scott as he tries to navigate the nasty rift between the Minority Leader and the former president. Scott is dealing with a brutal civil war destabilizing the party in Senate battlegrounds as he tries to calculate how to appease increasingly unpopular Senate GOP leadership while placating the party’s Trump-aligned base in 2022.
According to CNBC, Scott “has told associates that he wants to persuade McConnell to engage with Trump in order for the two to settle their differences.” But McConnell has not spoken with Trump since December 14th, and people close to the Minority Leader say he “does not plan to ever speak with [Trump] again.”
And POLITICO reports today that Trump himself is now gearing up “for war with his own party” and “will soon begin vetting candidates at Mar-a-Lago… to ensure every open GOP seat in the 2022 midterms has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it.”
“With the GOP bitterly divided between McConnell’s toxic Washington politics and Trump’s unhinged conspiracy theories, the challenges for Senate Republicans are only going to get more difficult,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “Rick Scott’s brief tenure as NRSC chair is already plagued by battleground retirements and emerging primary headaches, and it will get worse as these Republican factions begin to go to war with each other in the coming months.”
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