MCCONNELL: Well, he has his own agenda. And my view is, we’re going to focus on this administration and the future, what they’re trying to do to the country and make it a referendum in the fall of ’22 on how people feel about this new government they narrowly elected while they continue the 50-50 Senate and a close score over in the House.
A look at McConnell’s full answer explains why he doesn’t want Trump kicking around these key Senate races. He wants the focus to be entirely on “this administration and the future, what they’re trying to do to the country and make it a referendum in the fall of ’22 on how people feel about this new government.”
McConnell (and his fellow Senate and House Republicans) can’t make the 2022 midterms a pure referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in office if Trump is out in the states talking about how he really won the 2020 election and how GOPers need to help him overturn the results.
The problem for McConnell is that, as he acknowledged on Fox, Trump “has his own agenda.” Which implies that Trump’s agenda and McConnell’s agenda don’t really align. And there’s a zero percent chance that Trump won’t loom over the midterms in ways that are likely to complicate McConnell’s hopes of retaking the majority next November.
For example, Trump has already made clear he plans to campaign against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski next year — as punishment for her insufficient loyalty to him while in office. “She’s the best friend Washington Democrats ever had—and Alaska’s reward for that betrayal is an empowered Left coming after their wealth and jobs,” Trump said of Murkowski in a statement on Monday. “I think she will be met very harshly by the Alaska voters in 15 months, and I will be there to campaign against her!”
While Alaska is the most prominent example of how Trump’s presence (and meddling) could hamstring Senate Republicans, it’s far from the only example.
So, yeah. McConnell may want Trump to stay out of Senate races — and let the, er, experts handle things. But this is Donald Trump we are talking about, so there’s absolutely no chance of that.