Congressional Republicans Beg Trump To Ease Off The Retaliation Talk

I’m not sure how many times I’ve said this in Real Life and on the Internet, that Trump needs to stop with the retaliation talk, stop going after Republicans who aren’t 100% on the Trump train. It may play well with the uber-base, but, for one thing, it’s a distraction from going after Democrats and Joe Biden

Hill GOP to Trump: Tamp down the talk of grudges and Jan. 6

Donald Trump’s bid to oust a Florida Republican who backed Ron DeSantis over him is reviving a long-running GOP anxiety: that he can’t be dissuaded from the grudges and inflammatory rhetoric that plagued his party’s lawmakers during his first term.

Trump’s call for a challenger to Rep. Laurel Lee (R-Fla.), the only House Republican from DeSantis’ state to endorse the Florida governor in the primary, reveals a campaign with little interest in courting his former rivals and their supporters. But as President Joe Biden makes a play for Nikki Haley voters who might be reluctant to back Trump, Republicans are starting to nudge the former president to at least try to tone it down.

They’re concerned about a rerun of the hair-pulling past — where GOP candidates in battleground races are constantly challenged to answer for their presumptive nominee’s more erratic and boisterous statements.

It is a good point: why spend time answering for Trump’s yammerings when they should be beating Biden and Democrats over their agenda, over the inflated economy, over their support of Hamas in Gaza, and all the rest. Trump should be making a play for the Haley and DeSantis voters, among others, not driving them away. The idea is to win the states he needs to win, not turn off Republicans and Independents

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), another former DeSantis backer, told POLITICO that Trump’s scorched-earth approach to Lee risks turning off some voters who might otherwise favor him.

“Gratuitous attacks like these won’t help him win the presidency, and are counterproductive to building a conservative Congress eager to advance his agenda when he’s elected,” Massie said. “Fortunately, Laurel Lee will win her reelection by a comfortable margin, but in the meantime, these kind of statements alienate some of Trump’s potential voters.”

Regardless of your opinion of Massie, he’s 100% right. Trump needs to be building coalitions, bringing Republicans together

Trump is unlikely to heed such warnings to pivot to a more consistent general election message. So far this month, he has said that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats “hate” their religion and described some migrants as “not people.”

But the fact that Hill Republicans are even attempting to refocus him, underscored by nearly 20 interviews with lawmakers and aides, illustrates their real worries about a 2024 cycle where their electoral fates are inescapably tied to the man at the top of the ticket.

Well, Trump is correct on Democrat voting Jews, but, he needs to focus on the primary issues, tell voters why he is better than Biden. As I’ve stated many times, he should be out there with a message stating that it doesn’t matter if people do not like him personally, it’s what he plans to do as President that matters. Do people want a government that works to enable the economy to do better for their pocketbook and a government that gets out of Citizen’s lives? That should be the message.

Tillis added a note of hope that Trump won’t sink candidates in states where the GOP might otherwise compete, like Michigan, where his “crossover appeal” might not translate to congressional candidates. If Trump doesn’t campaign strategically, Tillis said, “we could potentially lose the coin toss in an all-other-things-equal race” further down the ballot.

Winning means nothing if the GOP do not control at least one branch of Congress, all because Trump runs his mouth.

Trump has argued that Haley donors wouldn’t be accepted by his supporters, writing on Truth Social in January that her backers “will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp.” Even after dropping out, though, she’s continuing to draw votes in the primary. Biden’s latest ad buy is designed to welcome her voters to his side.

It makes no sense to blow off voters. Every vote counts. It should be an easy win in 2024, but, Trump is going to make it harder. Trump needs to remember Reagan’s 11th Commandment, and that this is not 2016.

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7 Responses to “Congressional Republicans Beg Trump To Ease Off The Retaliation Talk”

  1. Mad Celt says:

    This is what Trump is so why be surprised or shocked?

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Big Donnie will once again lose the popular vote, bigly. States such as NC, PA, MI, WI and GA will determine who is inaugurated next January. Some ten thousand voters in each of these states will elect the next President.

    • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

      Au contraire mon ami. Some 10,000 illegal ballots in each of those states will elect the next president just like it did last time. Will point it out when the ballots come flooding in at 3:00 AM nobody voting at all for trump, and you’ll deny it and say prove it in court and all your bought and paid for judges won’t hear the cases.

      But we all know you come up with some idiocy as soon as we saw a comment from teach. He was just throwing you some red meat. He knows commies like you love the jump on the Donnie trump parade. Moron

  3. Professor Hale says:

    … will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp.”

    That’s the whole point. The donors who supported Haley outed themselves and never-Trumpers and Democrats. They have no interest in joining the so-called Maga people, so excluding them is a mutually satisfactory relationship. Those people would rather vote Hillary/Biden than Trump, even if he invited them back.

    Trump has already publicly stated ha has no interest in retaliation if he gets elected. What more do they want?

    Remember, most of what you read about Trump is opposition-created character assassination, created to reinforce the image of him as a loose cannon who is angry all the time and out of control.

  4. MrLiberty says:

    Crimes against humanity trials are imperative for EVERYONE associated with the PLANNEDEMIC, the lies, the faked data, the lockdowns, the banning and censorship of information about Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, and all the other highly effective treatments, etc. THAT is the retaliation that is needed…but ultimately that is only JUSTICE, not retaliation.

  5. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Commenter: most of what you read about Trump is opposition-created character assassination, created to reinforce the image of him as a loose cannon who is angry all the time and out of control.

    LOL. Have you never heard him speak? So the opposition wrote those hateful 77 Easter messages? The opposition is forging the videotapes of his rallies? Retaliation has been Donnie’s raison d’être for much of his adult life. It’s his brand. Most MAGAsters want him to keep on keeping on. It’s a movement!!

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Looks like Rimjob will be hovering over his keyboard all day twaddling away.
      Keep making that money for Teach, fatso.

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