Former President Donald Trump, according to Fox News co-host Kayleigh McEnany, should not campaign in Georgia ahead of the Senate runoff between Republican Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock (D).
McEnany’s remarks are particularly noteworthy since they show that even former Trump supporters like herself (she served as White House media secretary until the end of Trump’s presidency) recognize that Trump might be harming, rather than benefiting, the Republican Party.
What did McEnany have to say?
McEnany remarked on “Outnumbered” that “every last ounce of GOP energy” must go into driving Walker to the finish line.
“No, no, no, no, no, 2022 is not finished,” McEnany said. “I realize there’s a tendency to start talking about 2024,” she added. “Every Republican energy must be directed towards bringing the Biden agenda to an end, and this could happen right here in Georgia.”
When questioned about Trump, McEnany remarked, “He has to put that on hold,” an apparent allusion to a huge announcement set for next week by Trump. Many political experts anticipate Trump will announce his 2024 presidential candidacy.
Should Trump help campaign for Walker? McEnany believes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is more equipped for the job.
“I think we’ll have to make some strategic decisions,” she stated. “Given what transpired last night, I believe Gov. DeSantis should be welcomed in the state. You have to look at the reality on the ground. And Herschel Walker must win the Senate. That’s it, fellas. We must win the Senate.”
Is there anything else?
McEnany’s veiled recommendation that Trump avoid Georgia looks to be the prescription Republicans need.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board revealed why this is the case. Across the board, Trump-endorsed candidates either lost or won by considerably lower percentages than Republicans in the same state who were not major Trump supporters.
“Mr. Trump has a flawless record of electoral failure since his improbable triumph in 2016 over the widely disliked Hillary Clinton. Because of his poor support rating, the GOP took a beating in the 2018 midterm elections. Mr. Trump himself was defeated in 2020,” the editorial board explained.
“Now, Mr. Trump has messed up the elections in 2022,” the board stated.
DeSantis, on the other hand, has changed Florida from a generational swing state into dependable GOP territory.