Head Honcho For Dems’ Campaign Defends Choice To Focus On Trump Despite VA Election Losses
You know, the radical left in this country just does not ever seem to learn from its failures.
Apparently the head of the Democrats’ House campaign arm has decided to double down on the party’s plan to focus on hammering former President Donald Trump, despite the fact this exact same tactic failed spectacularly in Virginia.
During an interview conducted with the New York Times, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, and the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tossed out the idea that his party might need to rethink its current focus on former President Trump for the 2022 midterm elections.
“The results in Virginia and elsewhere ought to be a wake-up call that we’re not getting the job done on messaging. It starts with the president,” Maloney went on to state. “The No. 1 thing is to grow the economy and end the pandemic. But close behind that is telling people what you’ve done.”
“I think it’s a fair criticism to say we haven’t done enough of that, and I think the White House needs to do more. I don’t think the president has been served well in this regard. It needs to happen right away,” he added.
“My message is ‘free Joe Biden,'” the congressman continued. “That campaign needs to start now before the next crisis takes over the news cycle.”
Maloney then stated that relying on “Trump toxicity” in the commonwealth of Virginia only served to prove his point.
Not sure the vast majority of Americans would agree with that particular conclusion, but hey, Maloney is allowed to be as delusional as he wants to be, right?
“Glenn Youngkin ran like a teenaged girl in a slasher movie away from Donald Trump,” Maloney proclaimed. “They’re making fun of him on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ for how much he tried to run away from Donald Trump.”
That was a rather strange thing to say, wasn’t it?
How much Trump should factor into Democrats’ campaign message heading into the 2022 midterm elections has become a topic of debate among party leaders and operatives since Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s loss to Youngkin — whom McAuliffe tried to tie to Trump, a strategy that has helped Democrats with suburban voters.
For some Democrats, Youngkin’s victory underscored the limits of their Trump-centric strategy, prompting them to urge the party to focus more on policy issues and legislative accomplishments in 2022, when their razor-thin House and Senate majorities will be on the line.
“The competitive congressional districts are in largely suburban swing areas, and in those areas, Glenn Youngkin underperformed Mitt Romney,” Maloney commented. “I think it’s more complicated than people are saying. Trump’s toxicity continues to be a tremendous liability with suburban swing voters.”
“I think what you’re seeing is that there’s real damage to the Republican brand in suburban areas and even Glenn Youngkin couldn’t overcome it,” Maloney said. “When he was able to add to his totals a strong turnout among the Trump base in rural counties, he was able to beat McAuliffe, but only by 2 percentage points.”
“In a competitive congressional district, I think it’s still very true that the violent attack on the Capitol, spreading conspiracy theories about the pandemic, and denying the results of the election are lousy politics,” he said in conclusion.