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McConnell: Trump Supporters Could ‘Screw Up’ Midterms by Nominating America Firsters

“You can’t nominate somebody who’s just sort of unacceptable to a broader group of people and win.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump supporters could “screw up” the midterms for GOP by daring to nominate America First candidates.

Speaking at an event held by the Kentucky Chamber on Tuesday, McConnell discussed that the 2022 midterms “from an atomspheric point of view” should surely be a “perfect storm of problems” for the Democrats, given that they control the House, the Senate, and the presidency.

It therefore seems unlikely that Republicans would be able to “screw up” such an easy electoral target, McConnell noted, but that it was still “actually possible” to do so.

“In the Senate, if you look at where we have to compete in order to get into a majority, there are places that are competitive in the general election,” McConnell noted. “So you can’t nominate somebody who’s just sort of unacceptable to a broader group of people and win.”

The implication from McConnell was that anybody who stands for more firm America First politics would not be able to win in more competitive seats, and that you would need more moderate, mainstream candidates in those positions.

As evidence, McConnell said that the GOP had “had that experience in 2010 and 2012,” citing “bizarre” candidates being put forward for the Senate, such as Indiana’s Richard Mourdock in 2012.

Writing for MSNBC’s “Maddowblog,” Steve Benen agreed with McConnell, arguing that the GOP had in the past nominated some “outlandish and unacceptable candidates,” and that “the moral of the story is obvious: The prevailing political winds matter, but so do candidates.”

However, writing in Media Right News, David Caron pointed out that many of the candidates that Benen had cited, including Mourdock, along with Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell and Missouri’s Todd Akin, were “stabbed in the back by RINOs” who refused to endorse them.

The most obvious recent case of a “bizarre” candidate winning was President Trump in 2016, who had been repeatedly dismissed as completely unelectable by RINOs and others. With political appetites widely changing, it is unclear if McConnell’s points will continue to hold water in 2022.

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    April 14, 2022 at 11:15 am

    If anyone is screwing things up, its this waste of flesh McConnell, him, and many other Career politicians need to go, as well as some RINOS…We can start cleaning house come the November Midterms, and then 2024. We may very well see (hopefully) the demise of gthe Democratic Party, we can only pray, that this will be.

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    Recognizing Truth

    April 14, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    America First is the only way to win – because winning isn’t about an election here or there, it’s about taking back the country from the leftists (like McConnell) and stopping the steep slide into the loss of our sovereignty and the acceptance of a globalist regime.

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    April 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    the Turtle is as out of touch as ever. Primary his butt off the stage. PLEASE.

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    April 14, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    We need a law that states if any politician becomes old enough that they can no longer control their bowel movements ….. then they are outta there!

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    Francis W. Porretto

    April 15, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    I’m aghast at the suggestion that for an American politician not to put America and its citizens above all other considerations is somehow “mainstream!”

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    Jean Davis

    August 12, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Mcconnell is wrong he is a RINO. Proved it over and over again Term Limits after 2 terms will help with voting for bills careers should never be in this or any other elected positions. It causes corruption and life off tax payers money that they vote for themselves. Should be pay scale for every year up to 8 at a rate they vote for taxpaying citizens same insurance and benefits taxpayers get. Get rid of lobbyist where rich people pay for what they want. Time to clean up the politicians that do need t do for their citizens that pay their salary. No lifetime job or giving yourself raises and benefits apart from taxpayers including social security

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