Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida), chairman of the Republican campaign arm of the Senate, called on the party to join amid concerns that internal divisions could hurt them in the 2022 midterm elections.
In a memo released by the Senate Republican National Committee to “Republican voters, activists, leaders, donors,” Scott sounded the alarm about Democratic policies, stating that unity is necessary to regain the House and Senate the next year.
The Florida Republican noted that some within the Republican Party may be ready for a fight between the establishment and the party’s far-right wings, telling them to “save it for another day” and that “the Republican Civil War is now off.”
“Perhaps in kinder times, a lot of internal fights and arguments wouldn’t hurt much. To tell the truth, I enjoy joking around, and I have no interest in trying to stifle dialogue and political debate within parties, ”Scott wrote. “But now is not the time for division and here is why: for the first time in our lives, socialism has become the brazen government policy of the Democratic Party.”
“To overcome this threat – the threat of socialism, the crushing debt, the loss of freedom – we must focus on addition, not subtraction; in looking forward, not backward, “he added. “Hopefully, at some point in the future, we will have rejected this threat and we will have found ourselves strong enough to allow ourselves self-indulgent divisions. But that day is not today. “
Scott’s memo comes as party operatives express concern that internal divisions, primarily over support for former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: US Political Divide Over Masks Caused Half a Million COVID-19 Deaths Bishop of Georgia Says State Republican Party Election Bill Is ‘Attempt to Suppress Black Vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after a court ruling on tax returns MORE and their role in advancing the match, it could cost them in a midterm cycle. The Republican Party is only a handful of seats away from retaking the House and Senate.
Those divisions were opened last month after the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, and some Republican lawmakers said Trump’s repeated claims that the November election was “stolen” from him helped fuel the insurrection. Ten Republicans in the House of Representatives eventually indicted him for the mob, and seven Republican senators voted to convict the former president.
Trump has warned these Republicans that he could support major challengers who align themselves with his policies.
“When necessary and appropriate, I will support the primary rivals who defend Making America Great Again and our America First policy. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful and compassionate leadership,” he said in a statement earlier this month.
Scott urged Republicans to rally around Trump’s message, noting Trump’s huge popularity with the Republican base that remains after he left office. Scott also noted that the former president won 74 million votes in November, the second-highest total of any White House contender behind. President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread the conspiracy that Texas snow was made by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage increase Throwing money in Central America will not stop illegal migration MORE.
“President Trump brought us a lot of working-class voters, and Hispanic voters are increasingly inclined to vote Republican. Meanwhile, the Democrats have become the party of the elites, the naive, and the socialist left, giving us a tremendous opportunity to regain our historic strength in the suburbs of America, ”he wrote.
“Some of you voted for President Trump with enthusiasm, some with reservations, and some with great reluctance. It does not matter. We got 74 million votes and we can easily add to our numbers if we work together, “he added.
Republicans are hopeful that they can retake both houses of Congress next year as the White House party often loses seats in the first half of a new administration term. The Republican Party only needs to invest five seats to regain the House, and a net gain of one will give it control of the Senate.
While Republicans may go on the offensive in states like Arizona and Georgia, they are defending open seats in North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania and will have to defend the senator as well. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham and Trump meet to discuss GOP strategy for 2022 Officers are ready to debrief about mob attack Journalism has been ‘Jerry Springerized’ MOREseat in Wisconsin.