However Trump’s relentless devotion to the Large Lie poses an enormous downside for Republicans’ objectives subsequent yr. As Georgia’s Senate runoffs in January proved, promoting your voters on the notion that their vote will not be counted is a recipe for miserable turnout.
On the similar time, Trump’s No. 1 standards for endorsing candidates revolves round their willingness to promote the Large Lie (i.e., depress turnout).
As The Washington Put up‘s Aaron Blake notes, of the roughly three dozen endorsements Trump has made, almost half of them have gone to candidates who’ve wholeheartedly embraced Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy theories. (The opposite half have gone to loyal incumbents and toadies like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.)
Trump’s standards is significantly problematic in aggressive Senate races, the place Blake’s rundown of Trump endorsements oozes 2020 fraud:
However the identical theme runs by means of key states the place Trump hasn’t endorsed but. In Ohio, the place there’s an open seat, former state Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken have been in a pitched battle to one-up one another on the 2020 fraud claims. And in Arizona, Legal professional Common-turned-Senate candidate Mark Brnovich has been desperately making an attempt to make up for his unique sin of certifying the state’s election outcomes by defending the state’s sham audit and urgent the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to show over “the routers” to the state’s GOP-led senate.
As I famous final week, Trump is radicalizing the occasion by thinning the ranks of affordable Republicans in each protected GOP seats and swing seats alike. He’s primarily doing that primarily based on performative loyalty utilizing the promotion of 2020 election fraud as his chief standards for elevating candidates.
These radicals will simply prevail in ruby crimson seats, however they may price the GOP dearly in swing seats. That is an enormous downside for McConnell however, frankly, Trump does not give a rattling.