Senior Republicans can’t seem to get Donald Trump to lay off Gov. Brian Kemp, as much as they wish he would. In an interview Thursday, the former president called Kemp “a disaster” and predicted that the governor he once embraced would lose in November.
The Republican risks losing the Virginia governor’s race if he doesn’t, according to the former president.
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“The only guys that win are the guys that embrace the MAGA movement,” Trump said on the “John Fredericks Radio Show” when asked about Youngkin’s chances against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor seeking a comeback. “When they try to go down a railroad track, you know, ‘Hey, oh yeah, sure, love it, love it. Oh, yeah, love Trump. Love Trump. Okay, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, nobody, they don’t — they never win. They never win. They have to embrace it.”
Trump answered in the affirmative when asked whether Youngkin, a political newcomer, and former private equity executive, can beat McAuliffe on Nov. 2 — yet that came with a “but.”
“I do,” Trump said. “But you know what I find, and he’s been very nice and all, but I did well in Virginia.”
Trump went on from there to suggest — without evidence — that his 10-point loss in the state last year was the result of voter fraud. Next came his comments on the balancing act and the need to embrace “Make America Great Again,” now often referred to as MAGA.
Youngkin’s campaign declined to comment.
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Trump told the John Fredericks Radio Show on Real America’s Voice that Kemp was a “disaster” who had worked to make sure Republicans lost the 2020 presidential election.
The former president has frequently criticized Kemp since President Joe Biden carried the state of Georgia in November and the governor has resisted pressure from Trump to revisit the election results in a special session of the state legislature.
Trump said he was the one who got Kemp elected governor in 2018. The former president gave Kemp his endorsement during his campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams, but Trump would later say he was “ashamed” to have endorsed him.
“Brian Kemp has not done the job,” Trump went on. “Far worse than not doing the job.”
Trump discussed potential challengers to Kemp, saying he didn’t know who would be running. The former president hasn’t endorsed any of Kemp’s primary opponents thus far.
“If somebody ran, they’d win in the Republican primary,” Trump said. “But he’s not going to be able to win the general election anyway because the base isn’t going to show up.”
Fredericks pointed to an upcoming special session of the Georgia state legislature in November that will carry out redistricting but will not revisit the state’s elections laws. The radio host said Kemp is refusing to put “an analysis” of the 2020 election “on the docket.”
Pundits speculated that feud was cooling after McConnell stopped attacks
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is still persona non grata with former President Donald Trump.
The former president was quizzed on the issue during a radio interview on the John Fredericks Show, during which Mr. Fredericks brought up reports in various media outlets from April speculating that he may be mending ties with the GOP Senate leader. Mr. Trump held Mr. McConnell responsible for not whipping senators to vote in favour of objections to the counting of the Electoral College votes from several states due to the former president’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
“No, no,” the former president said dismissively when Mr. Fredericks suggested their relationship was on the mend.
He went on to suggest that his endorsement was the reason that Mr. McConnell won reelection against a well-funded Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, who raised nearly $90 million in her losing Senate bid while barely coming within 20 points of Mr. McConnell on Election Day.
“The only guys who win are the guys who embraced the MAGA movement,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the “Make America Great Again” slogan as well as the phenomenon that has gripped the Republican Party where loyalty to the former president frequently trumps all other qualities in primary elections.
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Unsurprisingly, the people most upset by McConnell’s reticence are allies of former President Donald Trump, who once again this week called for McConnell’s removal as GOP leader.
“They ought to get themselves a new leader. He’s been there long enough,” Trump told The John Fredericks Show. “He’s a terrible–in a sense, he’s a terrible politician because he doesn’t get votes…So Mitch McConnell ought to be removed as the leader.”
Democrats quickly circulated the clip with glee, with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Jazmin Vargas quipping, “We look forward to hearing from GOP Senate candidates if they agree with President Trump’s assessment of McConnell.”
John Cardillo, a former Newsmax TV host, and Trump supporter with a substantial social media following, laced into McConnell on Thursday.
“Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden have been friends for nearly half a century,” Cardillo tweeted. “McConnell will protect Dementia Man at all costs.”
“Of course Mitch McConnell just shot down any talk that Biden would be impeached over Afghanistan,” added Emerald Robinson, Newsmax’s White House correspondent. “After all, he just helped Biden get elected in 2020. Along with most of the GOP establishment. Remember?”
Trump and his allies have been pummeling McConnell for months, to nearly no effect. None of the Trump-aligned Senate Republicans have attempted a coup and most have shrugged off the calls to boot McConnell.
Commentary: PAUL GOLDMAN
The Times finds fault with John as a journalist. But that’s not fair, John is a talk show call-in Host. He’s not pitching himself as Edward R. Murrow. NYT is upset with what they thought was Fredericks softball interview with Trump. I disagree. John did what he could to get Trump to make news on his show. Trump didn’t bite. Not John’s fault. 95% of John’s listeners are pro-Trump. What did NYT expect?
THE NEW YORK TIMES:
When Will Trump Answer the Big 2024 Question?
The field of would-be Republican candidates remains frozen while the former president decides his next moves.
Last week, during a 51-minute interview on “The John Fredericks Show,” a radio program syndicated across Virginia, former President Donald J. Trump dodged a half-dozen opportunities to say whether he is planning to run for president once again in 2024.
Mr. Fredericks, who alongside his radio gig also served as a chairman of Mr. Trump’s campaigns in Virginia, began questions with “If you’re inaugurated as president again in 2025,” and “I think you’re going to run and win in 2024.” He asked, “How many seats do the Republicans have to win in 2022 to inspire you to run in 2024?”
Hard-hitting journalism this was not.
Still, it did cut to the heart of the biggest question in Republican politics: When will Mr. Trump announce his plans for 2024?
For months the best working theory had been that he would wait as long as possible, both to freeze the rest of the potential 2024 Republican field and to keep as much attention as possible on himself, his endorsements, and political proclamations.
Read the full article from The New York Times.
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Former President Trump on Wednesday ripped President Biden and his top military leaders – whom he called “television generals” – over their handling of the United States’ departure from Afghanistan and also took aim at fellow Republicans.
“The most incompetent thing I’ve ever seen,” Trump said of the new administration’s withdrawal of American troops and civilians before an Aug. 31 deadline, “having the military leave before the civilians and all sorts of things.”
The former president, whose decision about whether to run again in 2024 will be influenced by how Biden withdrew U.S. troops, said he had the situation in Afghanistan under control while in the White House.
“I can’t tell you how strong we were just prior to that when I was there,” Trump said in the wide-ranging interview on Real America’s Voice that lasted for nearly an hour, during which he also discussed his 2020 election and other pressing issues.
“We bombed the hell out of [the Taliban] in the area,” Trump continued. “And we came to a very conditional agreement.”
“We had them in great shape,” he added. “I said, ‘If you kill an American soldier or an American it is going to be a bad, bad week.’ “
Trump was also critical of Biden’s top military leaders whom he holds responsible for reportedly leaving behind hundreds of thousands of pieces of U.S. military equipment.
“I call them the television generals,” he said. “The ones you see on television have been horrible. But we have great generals.”
Though Trump was critical of Biden and his administration, he was also critical of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Republican who recently voted with Democrats to help the chamber pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
“Mitch McConnell is a disaster,” Trump told RAV interviewer John Fredericks. “You mentioned the infrastructure, all he wants to do is survive and be good to China, because he has a lot of business in China with his family. Mitch McConnell should not be the leader. He’s done a terrible job.”
Former President Trump is threatening to complicate Republican Glenn Youngkin’s bid for governor in Virginia, where the ex-businessman is trying to extend his support to the very suburban voters who fled from Trump in 2020.
Youngkin has said he is “honored” to receive Trump’s endorsement, noting the former president “represents so much of why I’m running.”
But in a sign of how unpopular the former president is in the commonwealth, Youngkin’s campaign also recently cut an ad tying his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, to Trump, highlighting a 2009 campaign donation the former governor had received from him.
The contrast highlights the tightrope Youngkin must walk in a state that has turned bluer over the years — and it underscores why Trump’s insistence on weighing in on the race could prove frustrating to Youngkin and his allies.
“They’re dancing on the edge of a knife, and so far they have no cuts. So very deftly and astutely they have navigated their way through this,” said John Fredericks, a conservative Virginia talk show host who chaired both Trump’s presidential campaigns in the state.
Youngkin has established a presence on Virginia airwaves through an aggressive advertising campaign introducing himself as a unifying force who will stand up to the commonwealth’s political establishment. The Republican candidate has also made a number of appearances on Fox News in an effort to introduce himself to conservatives.
Read the full report from The Hill.