Republicans may be sticking with Donald Trump as their figurehead, but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily like him. Trump is a polarizing candidate, beloved in many rural areas and despised in many suburbs.
It is a delicate dance for candidates in states that have both rural areas and wealthy suburbs. Virginia is a good example of this. While GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin wants the former president’s supporters to come out for him, he doesn’t want to alienate suburban voters. So he has kept Trump at arm’s length. This is likely to happen in many other races in the coming years.
During a Tuesday spot of Morning Joe, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney explained that Republican will use Trump for his popularity while laughing behind his back.
The New York congressman told Joe Scarborough:
“We want to point out something to Donald Trump, which is, Donald, they’re laughing at you on Capitol Hill. They use you like some cheap mistress for their purposes, then they laugh at you behind their back. They run away from you when they try to talk to voters in swing districts. We think the former president should know that the Republican Party is using him to raise money but making fun of him behind his back and trying to distance themselves.”
Maloney continued, “Look at what [Glenn] Youngkin is trying to do in Virginia, trying to have it both way. And he really isn’t invited to their party because they know they can’t justify their support.”
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