Rick Scott Said It Would Be ‘Foolish’ For GOP Hopefuls To Dismiss Trump’s Endorsement

Rick Scott Said It Would Be ‘Foolish’ For GOP Hopefuls To Dismiss Trump’s Endorsement

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
November 8, 2021

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said Republican hopefuls would be “foolish” to dismiss former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, as the party is fresh off last Tuesday’s Election Day red wave heading into the 2022 midterms. Sen. Scott warned that the blessing is not enough to help a candidate win.

During a Monday morning appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), was pressed by anchor Brianna Keilar on Trump’s role in the 2022 midterm elections and whether Republicans will continue to ignore him.

“I think Republicans would be foolish not to want Donald Trump’s endorsement, and Democrats would probably be in the same position with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but I don’t believe that wins you elections,” Scott said in response.

When pressed by Keilar regarding the media obsession over the “Big lie,” Scott reminded the CNN host that Stacey Abrahms talks about prior elections, a response that she didn’t like.

“You’re a Republican; you should go after Donald Trump’s endorsement. If you’re a Democrat, you probably should go after Hillary’s and Obama’s endorsement. But if you want to win your election, you should talk about the border being secure; you should talk about jobs; you should talk about education, public safety. Those are things that you’re going to win the election on. If you want to talk about people that want to talk about prior elections, you can go back and look at Stacey Abrams,” Scott said.

Republicans, fresh off of a big victory in Virginia, snatching up all three statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general in a state Biden had won by ten points just around the same time last year. In New Jersey, despite the results, which are still yet to be determined, Republican Jack Ciattarelli almost edged a win against the Democratic incumbent Gov. Phil, another state Biden won easily last year by 16 points.

As chair of the NRSC, Scott will play a significant role in helping Senate Republicans regain back control of the upper chambers. His task as chair is to recruit the strongest Republicans to run in key Senate races while crafting his party’s message to peel off independent voters in many suburban areas. Republicans are looking to duplicate Youngkin’s triumphant win in crafting the message that they are the party of the parents, focusing on Critical Race Theory curriculum being taught in schools K-12.

Trump endorsed Youngkin for his bid for the governorship, with the Republican candidate accepting the blessing from the former president.

However, Youngkin kept the former president at arm’s length to avoid nationalizing the statewide race as his opponent, former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, was obsessed with talking about Trump instead of focusing on issues that were hurting Virginians. Democrats banked on implementing this failed campaign strategy that helped California Gov. Gavin Newsom win his recall election in September, stoking fear amongst voters about Trump in means to distract voters from their failed leadership with ongoing issues.

Scott said he hopes Democrats will implement this failed campaign strategy in focusing on talking only about Trump in next year’s midterm, reminding the CNN hack that Republicans will have a “heck of a year” over their obsession with the former president.

“Keep talking about Donald Trump. If the Democrats keep doing that, we are going to have a heck of a year next year. We’ve got one year out. We’re way up in generic ballots,” Scott said.

“People completely rejected the Biden agenda.”

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

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