Trump praised foreign leaders, shouted about windmills at GOP Retreat

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  • Trump harped on his false election demands and complaints at a Senate GOP retreat in Florida.
  • He also praised Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin and nagged about windmills, the Washington Post said.
  • Some Republicans are worried about Trump’s impact on the party’s ability to win in 2022.

Former President Donald Trump continued to make false claims about the 2020 election, blowing up his enemies in Congress and playing all the biggest hits of his routine with complaints at the National Republican Senate Committee retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday – a preview of the role he can play in the 2022 half-time cycle.

Trump beat Democratic leaders like “crazy” and said they “cheat like hell, and they stick together” The Washington Post reported. “The Republican Party must stick together,” he added, while insulting the GOP Sens. Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse.

Trump also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, highlighted his strong relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and shouted at his opposition to windmills, long an obsession with him, in his speech to lawmakers and donors at the event sponsored by the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, The Post said.

“It’s so sad when you see them approve of these windmills – the worst form of energy, the most expensive,” Trump said, according to The Post. “You talk about carbon emissions, they do. More goes in the air than if you drove something for 30 years.”

Trump appeared at the event after his statement on Wednesday where he threatened Republicans who would question his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. “If we do not resolve the 2020 presidential election (which we have carefully and conclusively documented), Republicans will not vote under 22 or 24,” he said.

Insiders Kimberly Leonard reported from Palm Beach on Wednesday that some Republicans were surprised that Trump was even invited. They were worried that Trump could harm the party’s chances by doubling his loss in the 2020 election, an issue that may not be the main motivating factor for voters, while telling them that elections are rigged and that their votes may not count. .

The former president makes 2020 a litmus test for 2022. This includes pressuring GOP legislators in battlefield states to conduct party political reviews and polls and supports candidates, as well as candidates for election administration in critical swing states, who has backed his false claims.

In the process, Trump is causing headaches for the GOP House and Senate leaders who intend to retake both chambers by 2022.

Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the House Republicans’ campaign arm, reportedly distanced himself from Trump’s statement in a conversation with journalists on Thursday and described Trump as a “private citizen” who “has the right to his opinion”.

A GOP strategist told The Post that Trump’s insistence on re-election “gives everyone a cold sweat over Georgia’s situation and the prospect that he may have some influence again.”

Republicans received a disturbing preview in the Georgia Senate election in January, when, after nearly two months of Trump’s claim for the 2020 state election, two Democrats had defeated Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and returned the House to democratic control for the first time since 2013.

The largest decline in turnout from November to January was in rural and predominantly Republican areas of Georgia, an indication of the parties that may face without Trump at the top of the ticket while his election lies dominate GOP policy.

Rope. Don Bacon, a Republican who represents a competitive housing district in Nebraska, told The Post that the GOP would lose if lawmakers focused on the past instead of the future.

“Right now, if the party focuses on Afghanistan, inflation, the border, crime – we will win big,” Bacon said. “If the party wants to do that if the election is rigged, we will lose. Independent voters do not respond well to that. If we keep the focus right, I think we will win big in 2022.”

GOP representative Roger Williams from Texas similarly told CNN: “I’m a President Trump guy. But we need to focus on 2022.”

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