JD Vance, Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, and now Blake Masters. These are all candidates that were heavily backed by Donald Trump for winnable Senate seats. All 4 candidates push far-right ideas and poll poorly with Independent voters.
While he is not running for public office this year, the specter of Trump looms large over the 2022 mid-terms. And the belief now, is that the former President has been hurting his party by backing less than stellar candidates. In fact, according to CNN pundit David Axelrod, Trump has been the Democrat’s most valuable player.
The former Obama strategist began by breaking down Tuesday’s primary results. “You look at a state like Michigan, for example, where there is a very competitive… governor’s race, the Republicans nominated a candidate yesterday who is ardently anti-abortion rights. There is an initiative on the ballot… in the fall that would enshrine abortion rights in the constitution of Michigan. That could change the contours of that race.”
Axelrod then talked about how Trump’s meddling could hurt Republicans, “If the Democrats retain the Senate this year, Donald Trump will be the most valuable player for the Democratic Party because he has nominated candidates in Georgia, in Arizona, in Pennsylvania, who are vulnerable to Democrats, even in a very difficult year. I’m sure there are a lot of Republicans who have some heartburn about that.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
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