It’s the start of a new month and Donald Trump continues to fall in the polls. According to a new CNN report, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given Republican Senate candidates permission to distance themselves from Trump as he dips in the polls.
The report states that “in recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate that he has signaled to vulnerable GOP senators in tough races that they could distance themselves from the President if they feel it is necessary, according to multiple senior Republicans including a source close to McConnell.”
The same Republicans that have stood by Trump for nearly four years are now desperate to separate themselves from the president in order to save their election hopes.
The problem for Republicans looking to separate themselves from Trump is … they can’t.
It is apparent that they have stood by Trump’s most outrageous claims. McConnell may have authorized them to show “flexibility” and “independence,” but neither of those qualities have on display in the least over the last three years.
It is also a grey area for Republicans as Trump is still very popular among GOP voters.
“These vulnerable senators can’t afford to explicitly repudiate Trump,” said one senior Republican on Capitol Hill. “They just need to show they are independent on issues important in their states.”
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