One question that must be occurring to some Republicans is how serious Trump and his henchmen will be about threats, implied and explicit, to support primary challenges to knock out House and Senate Republicans deemed not supportive enough of the Trump agenda.
The Trump team was pretty annoyed at Freedom Caucus members for helping to scuttle health care reform, but they’d have to be crazy to go toe-to-toe with that bunch.
So far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is saying he’s not worried about President Donald Trump supportung primary challengers to his preferred candidates.
“We intend to re-nominate all of our incumbents and we intend to play in primaries if there’s a clear choice between someone who can win in November and someone who can’t,” McConnell said. “The idea, I always remind people, is to win the election.”
McConnell cited the 2010 and 2012 cycles, both debacles for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in part because of the number of unelectable candidates who emerged through the primary process.
“I think it’s safe to say we will be looking for — in these non-incumbent races — the most electable candidate possible, and I think the administration will defer to our judgement on Senate races,” McConnell said at a news conference ahead of the Easter recess.
You’d think Trump wouldn’t insinuate himself into those processes, but the man does like to threaten people. And revenge does seem to be a significant motivator for him.