Existing divisions within the Republican Party have become deeper in the wake of last month’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill, and some GOP insiders are concerned that the intraparty squabbles could negatively impact the party’s chances in next year’s midterm elections.
As one notable example, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wielded his influence in a bombshell letter calling for a ceasefire.
“They control Washington”
“The Republican Civil War is now canceled,” he wrote.
Scott sent his memo to individuals connected to the GOP, from voters to donors to congressional colleagues, pleading for the party to come together in what he deemed an exceptionally important time in U.S. history.
“The Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives,” he wrote. “In other words, they control Washington.”
Scott went on to describe a long list of disastrous Democratic-led policies that have either already been implemented or are being actively discussed.
The letter also criticized members of the Democratic Party for constructing an “amazing military-style wall” around the U.S. Capitol building while announcing a halt to the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Save it for another day”
According to the Florida senator, his party should keep its eye on the prize, namely a priority lest including help for Americans struggling to find gainful employment and efforts to keep America safe.
“The only way we can lose is if we stop ourselves by needlessly fracturing,” Scott wrote. “Again, now is not the time. Save it for another day.”
Given his position as NRSC chairman, Scott clearly has a number of goals ahead of the upcoming midterms, one of which involves unseating Sen. Ralph Warnock (D-GA), who will be required to run again next year to land a full term in the upper chamber.
Of course, Scott is not the only high-profile Republican attempting to aid in mending fences.
In a statement on Friday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said: “I want us to come together as much as possible. I think we need to be united around getting the majority back. … The worst possible outcome for the Republican Party is to continue to argue amongst itself.”