Trump blame continues for midterm losses as he readies to announce bid

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Republican critics of Donald Trump renewed their push on Sunday to steer their party away from the former president, warning he could hurt Republicans’ chances of winning the Senate runoff in Georgia next month if he announces plans to another bid for the White House on Tuesday.

‘This is essentially the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race,’ Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (right) said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’. “And it’s like, three takes, you’re out.” Hogan said it would be a mistake to nominate Trump again as the party’s presidential nominee in 2024 after Republicans failed to take control of the Senate and made far fewer gains in the House than expected in the election mid-term.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result,” he added. “Donald Trump kept saying we were going to win so much we would be tired of winning. I’m sick of losing. That’s all he did.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (right) echoed Hogan’s comments on ABC’s ‘This Week’, calling Don Bolduc, his state’s Republican Senate candidate, a “Republican extremist and saying the results across the country amounted to “a rejection of this extremism.”

Democratic lawmakers remained confident on Nov. 13 after their party took control of the Senate, though control of the House remains unclear. (Video: The Washington Post)

“America has been asking for more moderation for some time,” said Sununu, who, like Hogan, is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2024. “There are only parts of the Republican Party that don’t have not so well listened to. You just have to get back to basics. It’s not irreparable.”

For his part, Trump blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the losses of Arizona Senate nominee Blake Masters and others, saying he mishandled the primaries. “It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Spending money defeating big Republican candidates instead of supporting Blake Masters and others was a big mistake.”

Other Republicans sought to cast the election results in a more positive light, noting they were likely to narrowly take control of the House. Republicans will win. The majority will be a very narrow majority, but we have the opportunity over the next two years to be the last line of defense to block Biden’s agenda,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said on “ Fox News Sunday. “He predicted that Republicans could increase their numbers in the House in the 2024 election.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, said midterm voters showed they wanted nothing to do with extremism. He said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) must decide whether to fend off Trump’s “toxic influence on the party” if he has the chance to run for office. presidency.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on ‘State of the Union’ declined to speculate on whether Democrats will lose control of the House once the votes in the pending races are tallied, but noted that the party far exceeded expectations.

“I think we see a much brighter path into the future than has been predicted by the experts,” she said, adding, “Who would have thought two months ago that this red wave would turn in a tiny little trickle, if that at all? But we never believed it.”

Pelosi said Republicans hurt themselves by choosing what she believes is the low road in the wake of the home invasion attack on her husband, Paul. “It wasn’t just the attack. It was the Republican reaction to that that was shameful,” she said.

Josh Shapiro, the Pennsylvania attorney general who won the gubernatorial race in a landslide for the Democrats, said he thinks concrete solutions play better than Trump’s attacks on voters in rural counties.

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“I can just tell you what we did,” Shapiro said on ‘State of the Union’ when asked about a successful Democratic playbook. “We showed up and treated people with respect. And we told them about practical things that should improve their lives.

Also on the Sunday schedules, Republican senators debated whether to delay leadership elections until after the Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia. The senses. Florida’s Rick Scott and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson called for the vote to be suspended. McConnell is seeking to continue his tenure as Minority Leader.

“If we run these elections right away on Wednesday, you’ll probably have more campaign in electing a high school class president than we would in the most deliberative body in the world,” Johnson said. in Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Tom Cotton of Arkansas on “Face the Nation” said they supported McConnell. Cotton noted that no one had challenged him yet. “Great wrestling champion Ric Flair used to say, ‘To be the man, you have to beat the man,'” Cotton said. “And so far no one has had the guts to come forward and challenge Senator McConnell.”

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