- GOP Sen. Roy Blunt said Trump should focus on the future rather than the past.
- “The best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future.”
- Trump continues to lie about the 2020 election being rigged.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Sunday said former President Donald Trump’s time could be better spent paying attention to the future rather than the past.
“I’m of the view that the best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future,” the Missouri Republican told NBC News. “He can be an important part of this ’22 effort.”
“Better off to talk about the future than to focus on the past in every election,” Blunt, the No. 4 GOP senator, added.
The comments come as Trump contines to lie about the 2020 election being stolen from him. State and federal officials have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the election. Earlier this month, Trump said that Republicans wouldn’t vote in upcoming elections if “we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020.” Last week, he called for Arizona, which was won by President Joe Biden, to “decertify” its “Fake Election results.”
Blunt sidestepped Trump’s remarks, saying that many of his GOP colleagues are instead focused on “bad tax policies, bad environmental policies” being pushed by the Biden administration.
“I think President Biden and the Democrats are giving us plenty of things to talk about. We don’t need to keep focusing on the past,” Blunt told NBC News.
Trump still holds an influential role in national politics and has endorsed several GOP candidates for the 2022 midterm elections. He’s also teased a 2024 presidential bid, but has not made any formal campaign announcement.
“He can be a candidate if he wants to be,” Blunt said. “But again I think what President Trump could do that would be most helpful right now would be focus on the policies that aren’t working. His policies at the border were working, his regulatory policies were working, his tax policies were working. But we see that those policies for Democrats with these narrow majorities they have aren’t working.”
“I hope that’s where he focuses, but I don’t manage his time or his comments,” he continued.
Other GOP lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said that Republicans should keep their eyes on 2022.
“It’s my hope that the ’22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020,” McConnell told reporters last week.
Blunt is among five Republican senators who have announced they won’t seek reelection in next year’s midterm elections. There are 34 Senate seats up for grabs in 2022, with Democrats hoping to maintain their narrow majority and Republicans aiming to flip the upper chamber red.