Long-time Republican Party operative Scott Jennings predicted on Tuesday that the GOP primary base’s allegiance to former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen may destroy any chance the party has at winning back the White House in 2024.
“You’re in Michigan, a state that he lost by 150,000 votes, and the message is he won. As a strategy perspective, is that really a winning message? Is it going to work?” CNN anchor Erin Burnett asked Jennings on Out Front.
“Well, it’s certainly effective in Republican primaries right now where candidates are trying to outdo each other on who is more loyal to Donald Trump so buying into that message helps you achieve that goal. There I think it becomes more problematic if you’re not running in a really red area in a general election, if you’re running in a purple area, it’s going to be a problematic message,” said Jennings.
“I don’t know that it will be enough, frankly, Erin, to derail Republican chances to win back the House during the 2022 midterms. But I think as we get into 2024, if the Republican Party intends to make the centerpiece of its platform relitigating the 2020 election, there is virtually no chance they’ll win back the White House. If Donald Trump’s the party nominee, of course, that’s exactly what he’ll want to do. If he’s not the nominee, that person eventually I think is gonna need to say, out loud, into a camera, Joe Biden is a legitimate president and now let me explain why you should vote for me,” he continued.
Burnett channeled how many Americans are feeling right now.
“I mean it’s amazing that someone would have to say such a thing but I mean yet this is the world that we actually live in, our reality here Scott. The question for you though is, You talk about it might work in these elections now. Those sound bites are there. They live. You can’t take that back. Does that matter right? You’re on the record saying it’s stolen, it’s stolen, and then in two years you want people to kind of forget you said that?” she asked.
“I think it greatly depends on your jurisdiction. If you live in an area where Donald Trump did quite well, I doubt it’s gonna be very hurtful. But if you’re in a purple area or blue area or you’re trying to win a seat that’s held by a Democrat or you’re talking to a bunch of swing voters, like a lot of the Senate races will be in ’22, yeah, it’s going to be very problematic,” Jennings explained.
“And yeah as I said, Republicans are going to have to make the case to the American people as to where they should trust us again with the most power in the land – the presidency of the United States – and if we go into that re-election in 2024 with a lie, I don’t know that they’re gonna entrust us with power again,” he added.
What's Your Reaction?
Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.