By Kathryn Krawczyk
June 21, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - President Trump has a "love
it or leave it" mentality for the Republican Party.
In an interview with Politico published
Friday, Trump showed a "rare admission of concern" when
it came to winning back the presidency this fall and
retaining a GOP Senate majority. And the key to
mitigating that concern, he said, was to keep every
Republican senator in line, issuing a stern warning for
anyone who dares break ranks.
"If they don't embrace, they're going to lose,
because, you know, I have a very hard base. I have
the strongest base people have ever seen," Trump
told Politico. Trump's aides, including his
son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, are
apparently enforcing this ultimatum. Potential
targets of this threat could include Sen. Susan
Collins (R-Maine), who said she hasn't decided
whether to support Trump in 2020, and Michigan GOP
Senate candidate John James, who has
told voters he disagrees with Trump on "plenty,
plenty of issues."
Trump recently met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) to discuss Senate Republicans'
re-election strategies, and seems to want to use his
popularity to encourage party loyalty in all of them.
For example, when Trump was handed a document during the
interview comparing his and Senate candidates primary
results, he specifically noted his 98 percent vote in
North Carolina. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who is
considered at risk of losing this fall, got 78 percent
of his primary vote. He then listed some GOP senators
who broke ranks with him in 2018 and ended up being
voted out: Arizona's Jeff Flake and Nevada's Dean
Heller, to name a few.
Read more, including what Trump
thinks is his "biggest risk" in 2020, at
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