Trump’s political influence is waning and 2024 will be different

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said former President Trump’s political power is “diminished” after the lackluster performance of his pro candidates in the midterm elections, and vowed to find “quality” candidates in Senate races in 2024.

“Here’s what I think has changed: I think the former president’s political influence has diminished,” McConnell said in an interview with NBC News released on Monday.

Despite predictions of a “red wave” in the November midterm elections, Republicans lost ground in the Senate and only managed to secure a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

Since then, many in the Republican Party have blamed Trump and the right-wing candidates he has supported.

“We lost the support we needed among independents and moderate Republicans, which primarily has to do with their view of us as a party largely because of the former president and our image that we were unsavory and anarchic,” McConnell told NBC.

He continued, “And oddly enough, though, that subset of voters didn’t approve of President Biden and didn’t have enough confidence in us in several instances to give us the majority we need.”

McConnell first expressed concerns in August about Republicans’ chances in the Senate, citing the issue of “candidate quality” in an apparent reference to candidates Trump has endorsed.

“I think it’s more likely that the House of Representatives will turn over than the Senate,” McConnell warned at an event in his home state of Kentucky in mid-August.

“Looking back at the midterms, he and the Senate Leadership Trust came to the conclusion that ‘we had to play with the cards that were dealt,'” McConnell added.

“In some states, Trump’s support has been very important and we could have spent a lot of money trying to come up with a different candidate than Trump and we might not have succeeded,” McConnell said.

However, the Senate minority leader said the former president’s waning political power has made Republicans less inclined to accept nominations that may be handed out to us in 2024.

“We can do a better job with less potential interference, and the former president may have other things to do,” he added.

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