There’s still quite a bit of time between now and the 2022 midterm elections, but in political time, it’s essentially right around the corner.
By now, it’s not a secret that former President Donald Trump will be a major influencer on the GOP side next year, but his most recent statement was perhaps one of his loudest yet, calling out a long list of Republicans he aims to primary next year, mostly due to their support for the recently-passed infrastructure bill, Fox News reports.
In a recent statement published through his Save America PAC, Trump focused heavily on calling out “RINOs,” or Republicans In Name Only, insisting that it’s time for Republican voters to oust them from office once and for all.
“Saving America starts by saving the GOP from RINOs, sellouts, and known losers! In the Senate, the ‘Disaster from Alaska,’ Lisa Murkowski (challenge accepted), must go. There is ‘almost’ nobody worse!” Trump’s statement over the weekend read.
The former president went on to call out nearly a dozen GOP lawmakers as targets of his 2022 primary efforts, with most of the Republicans on his list having supported the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill earlier this month.
“Any interest from good and SMART America First Republican Patriots to run primary campaigns against Representatives Tom Rice, John Katko, Don Bacon, Don Young, Fred Upton (challenge accepted), Andrew Garbarino, Peter Meijer (challenge accepted), David McKinley (challenge accepted), Nancy Mace, Jaime Herrera Beutler (challenge accepted) and Chris Smith?” the statement said.
There were at least three additional Republican lawmakers who supported the infrastructure bill, but for unknown reasons — other than they’ve shown loyalty to Trump — they were left off of his latest hit-list.
The former president made crystal clear that any viable candidates willing to step up and primary those mentioned on his list will have his full blessing and resources.
“You will have my backing!” Trump stated. “Gonzalez, Kinzinger, and Reed already QUIT, they are out of politics, hopefully for good. Warmonger Liz Cheney (challenge accepted) is on the SKIDS with a 19% approval rating.”
Trump has already proven his “kingmaker” status, especially in several elections held earlier this month, notably taking credit for his base pushing Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) into office in Virginia.
According to Reuters, Trump-endorsed candidate Mike Carey prevailed in his Ohio House race, as did every other candidate endorsed by the former president.
Only time will tell what the 2022 election cycle brings, but it’s clear at this point that Mr. Trump is an absolute powerhouse who will likely help mold the future of the makeup of U.S. Congress.