With the GOP’s holding only a slim majority in both the House and Senate, the 2018 midterm elections are critical. The president certainly plans to campaign aggressively for Republicans, but the rumor mill is pumping out stories about unrest.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Washington Examiner Thursday that he anticipates a “knock down, drag out” 2018 midterm election for Republicans.
“The environment today is not great, the generic ballot’s not good, and I’d love to see the president’s approval rating higher. So, I think we should anticipate a real knock down, drag out — even on the Senate side,” McConnell said in the interview.
A report in The Hill, published Friday, stated that McConnell thinks “the GOP could lose the House and the Senate in next year’s midterms.”
The report went on to spread rumors, started by The Washington Post, that the president’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Trump the Republican National Committee (RNC) was not doing enough to support the president’s agenda and was not raising enough money.
This report comes after the RNC announced it had raised $8.2 million last month, breaking its record for the amount of money raised during a November in a non-election year. Additionally, the RNC has consistently beaten Democrats in fundraising since the start of 2017.
According to The Hill, anonymous sources told the publication Lewandowski “reportedly voiced more personal grievances to Trump, saying ‘he wasn’t being served well'” and is “being blocked by the president’s assistant through Kelly.”
After Trump listened to Lewandowski’s concerns, the former campaign manager reportedly held a “very intense” conversation with political director Bill Stepien, where Lewandowski reportedly questioned the director’s performance.
The publication reported that attendees of the meeting included the president, Stepien, Lewandowski, White House chief of staff John Kelly, communications director Hope Hicks, counselor Kellyanne Conway and data specialist Brad Parscale.
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