More and more Republicans are running for lifeboats.
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For vulnerable Republicans at risk of losing seats, the squad appears designed to attract independent and moderate Republican voters who have fallen in love with Trump after four years in power. Others appear to have written off the president and are now burning images of political independence in preparation for Washington without Trump.
“For some, it’s about survival. For others, it’s about positioning for the world after Trump, “said a former Republican lawmaker who estimated that there was only a” 5 to 10 percent chance “that Trump would win a second term.
National polls show Joe BidenJoe Biden investigates whether Hunter Biden’s alleged emails related to a foreign intelligence operation: report six withdrawals from Trump’s dueling mayoralties and Biden Biden contrasts sharply with Trump in the mayor’s office MORE leading Trump by an average of nearly 9 percentage points, and Biden is also ahead in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – critical states that Trump fulfilled four years ago.
In fact, the head of Trump’s campaign, Bill StepienBill Stephen Trump shares manipulated image of Biden in wheelchair at nursing home Memorandum: Trump’s travel plans reveal weakness on battlefields Biden courtesy older voters amid signs of turning to Trump MORE, was “grimly pessimistic” in private conversations, leaving campaign officials with the impression that Trump would lose the White House, Axios said.
The cracks are also visible on Capitol Hill. Sen. Lindsay GrahamLindsay Olin Graham Poll: Graham leads Harrison 6 points in SC Senate race Feinstein’s hug with Lindsay Graham causes outrage on the left Progressive group: Feinstein must step down as top Democrat in the judiciary MORE (RS.C.), a close ally of Trump, acknowledged this week that the White House could be for Democrats. Leader of the Senate majority Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch )’s hug Mitchell McConnell with Feinstein and Lindsey Graham causes outrage on the left. One-Night Healthcare: Georgia Gets Trump Approval on Medicaid Requirements, Partial Enlargement | McConnell deals deal with 8 trillion Pelosi coronavirus: Mnuchin says Trump will lobby for McConnell in big deal for COVID-19 MORE (R-Ky.) Refuses to consider a large-scale emergency stimulus bill approved by the president.
And Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric Sasse Trump refuses to disavow QAnon Sasse shoots Trump in a phone call: “He kisses the dictators” and “Booker” takes out “Cruise” as a vegan; Cruz jokingly condemns the “disgusting attack” MORE (R-Neb.), Who occupies a secure red seat, issued a burning rebuke, telling Nebraska voters that Trump used the White House for profit, was friendly to white superiors, and distorted the federal response to the coronavirus at the expense of thousands of Americans. life.
“He refused to take him seriously. For months, he treated it like a PR crisis from news cycle to news cycle, “Sasse said during a conference call with 17,000 voters, the audio of which was distributed to The Washington Examiner. “Now I’m considering a Republican bloodbath in the Senate, so I’ve never been on a Trump train.”
Criticism has spread far beyond the Capitol.
On Thursday, Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker, who has clashed with Trump over his response to the coronavirus, said he “cannot” vote for president next month. On Friday, another Republican governor, Larry Hogan of Maryland, said he had voted in favor of a candidate for the record: the late Ronald Reagan, remembered for hoping to see America as a “shining city on a hill.”
The changing tone marks a risky change for the GOP. Trump remains widely popular among the party’s conservative base, and any signs of abandoning the president in the latest campaign could hamper vulnerable Republicans, especially in the Senate, where McConnell is struggling to maintain a slim majority.
And yet, with the best Republicans openly warning of the November 3 massacre of the Republican Party, many argue that threatened Republicans must do everything they can to divorce Trump and maintain their last line of defense: the fragile majority in the Senate of the Republican Party.
His. Martha MaxaliMartha Elizabeth Maxali Hill Campaign Report: Trump, Biden Brackets for City Hall Duels Raises $ 7 Million in Third Quarter for Arizona Senate Biden Candidate, Kelly Holds Leading Positions in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.) He voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment case earlier this year, but repeatedly declined to say during a recent debate with Democratic nominee Mark Kelly whether he was proud of his continued support for the president.
One of McConnell’s deputies, a senator John CorninJohn Cornin Democratic Super PAC launches .6M advertising blitz backing Hegar’s bid against Cornin Cuomo signs legislation announcing June 18 public holiday, Kelly raises $ 7 million in third quarter for Arizona Senate nomination MORE (R-Texas), facing a challenge from Democrat MJ Hegar, told the Houston Chronicle that Trump “dropped his bodyguards” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and “went over his skis,” saying the danger was was passed.
And Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins Romney says she will vote to put Barrett on Supreme Court McConnell: GOP has votes to confirm Barrett on Supreme Court this month GOP barrels to vote on Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination MORE (R-Maine), following Democrat Sarah Gideon in the polls, signaled she would not vote to confirm Trump’s election to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Connie BarrettAmy Connie Barrett Six claims from Trump and Biden’s dueling town halls Biden makes sharp contrast to Trump in modest Trump town hall raises questions about coronavirus, conspiracy theories in fight against town hall MORE, so close to election day.
On Friday, Trump withdrew against Collins in a characteristically rude manner, highlighting the dangers facing Republicans who publicly break with the president – and risked alienating the GOP’s conservative base, which still adores him.
“There is an unpleasant rumor that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not support our great US Supreme Court nominee. Well, she didn’t support healthcare or my opening of 5,000 square miles of ocean to Maine, so why should it be any different, “Trump tweeted on Friday. “It’s not worth the job!”
The president has publicly expressed confidence that he will win a second term, rejecting unfavorable polls and any speculation that Biden may have an advantage in the final stage of the campaign.
“We’re building our country stronger and better than it was before, and it’s happening and everyone knows it,” Trump told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie at the Miami City Hall in Florida on Thursday night. “We win in many states. We win in many states. … I really feel we will win. “
Other Republicans at unguarded times suggest they are preparing for a democratic victory.
“You all have a good chance of winning the White House,” Graham told Democrats at the Judicial Commission this week.
A former Republican MP who predicted Biden’s victory said it could be “too little, too late” for high-risk Republicans who are now rejecting the president.
“It’s too late to distance themselves from Trump. Many Republican members have had to distance themselves in the last four years, “said the Republican MP. “It may not have a big impact now in the next two to three weeks.
“The cake is baked. The matrix is thrown. The story is written. “