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With roughly a year until the first primaries of the 2022 elections, Donald Trump has already begun to channel his considerable sway within the Republican party into a number of endorsements.
Despite the relentless attacks from the radical left, Trump is back and gearing up to very active in the upcoming elections.
“He’s showing more enthusiasm and involvement than most former presidents have,” said Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul.
“It’s going to be different. It’ll be sort of a shadow [president] campaign going on. I don’t know if he’ll run again, but I think he’s definitely going to be involved in 2022,” Paul added.
“Endorse as many incumbents that you can,” said South Carolina Republica Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recalled telling Trump when they spoke last week.
“Come out for the folks that you can come out for. Play team ball to the extent it’s possible,” Graham added.
Trump is playing “team ball” with the Republican Party. He has already backed a significant number of Senate candidates for the mid-terms.
“Trump has already officially endorsed Boozman, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana,” Politico reported. “In addition, Hoeven said Trump is supportive of his campaign. Trump is also encouraging former NFL running back Herschel Walker to run against Sen. Raphael Warnock.”
On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott shared a photo of his recent meeting with Donald Trump.
Great meeting with President Trump last night!
We are all focused on winning back the Senate majority in 2022 and saving our country from the radical policies of today’s Democrat Party. pic.twitter.com/PUclZWXsCx
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) March 12, 2021
“We are all focused on winning back the Senate majority in 2022 and saving our country from the radical policies of today’s Democrat Party,” Scott tweeted.
In addition, he backed Julia Letlow for a House seat in Louisiana, after her husband tragically passed away from COVID.
It's truly an honor to receive President Trump's endorsement and I look forward to joining in the fight to save our country by putting America first! pic.twitter.com/maezK3nNA7
— Julia B Letlow, Ph.D (@jbletlow) March 11, 2021
Trump also suggested that his daughter-in-law Lara Trump may make a bid for a U.S. Senate seat. At a surprise visit to a charity event on Sunday, he hinted that it was potentially in the cards.
— T.A. Walker (@timallanwalker) March 12, 2021
But the real test of Trump’s influence will be the money and influence he wields to remove his enemies and GOP establishment types in open races.
Trump’s clash with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is very real.
“They appear headed for a collision course in some of the party’s five open Senate races following the retirements of GOP Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Richard Burr of North Carolina,” Politico noted.
“Republicans are most worried about Pennsylvania and North Carolina, two of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities and states where Trump-inspired candidates could in theory be more vulnerable in general elections,” Politico added.
“Those vacant seats will reshape the Senate GOP, as allies of McConnell are either replaced by Democrats or — especially in red states — Trump acolytes,” the report continued.