House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy cautioned voters that Democrats have disastrous plans for Congress and the Trump administration should they win majorities following the 2018 congressional elections.
A major item on their agenda, McCarthy said, is the impeachment of President Trump. reversing or otherwise ending the recently implemented tax cuts might also be in their sights.
“All they want to do is capture this government and try to impeach this president, or stop anything from happening, or raising your taxes,” McCarthy claimed, as Washington Examiner reports. “I think the American public is too smart for that.”
“What are they running on?” the majority leader asked. “That they shut the government down? That they fight us in every step of the way to stop our opioid legislation moving through, to help those who are addicted?”
Republicans and Democrats for the last several months have been fighting over impeachment, or more precisely, who is bringing up the prospect of impeachment. While Republicans have said impeachment is a top priority for Democrats, most Democrats have said only Republicans are raising that option in a bid to motivate Republican voters, and Democratic leaders have said it’s still too early to speculate about Trump’s impeachment.
But McCarthy said Democrats only seem to be running on the idea of stopping Trump, and blocking GOP progress even on issues that have some bipartisan support.
He also said Democrats are resisting the idea of a rescissions bill that would help cut wasteful or unneeded spending, even though they supported similar bills several times under Presidents Bush and Clinton.
Here’s what conservative pundit Charlie Kirk says Republicans ought to do to secure their leads in the legislative chamber, via Fox News:
Heading into the 2018 midterm elections we have seen President Trump give Republicans all they need to win. In two years – while fighting off the fake news, paid protesters, and a wild goose chase “investigation” – Donald Trump signed into law the largest tax cut in American history, orchestrated peace between North and South Korea, and border crossings are at a forty-year low.
I could write several paragraphs on what we’ve witnessed under the Trump administration that should help the GOP win in November. But what is also helpful is there are key senate races in states that Trump won with authority: Montana, West Virginia, Ohio, the list goes on for key races we will be seeing this cycle.
But what the Republicans need to remember this year is one thing: traditional politics and strategies are totally meaningless in 2018.
Republicans need to play to win like Trump did. Despite what traditional polling places and the media says, a majority of Americans support Donald Trump. A very silent majority. And the Hollywood and D.C. elites are scrambling to figure out who these people are and figure out how to get them in line.
They are the coal miner from West Virginia who is fed up with career politicians who are bragging about their vision of shutting down every coal mine. They’re the worker in the rust belt of Ohio who used to belong to a union and work in a steel mill before their factory got shut down and moved to China. They’re the farmers in Montana who don’t want their tax money to go to abortions on demand.
This silent majority are the Americans who love God, their family, and our amazing country. They don’t want their morals, their job, or their lifestyle threatened by the government or any candidates.
While factors like the economy, the stock market, peace on the Korean Peninsula and protections for gun ownership are factors promoting a Republican vote in the elections, recent polling shows Democrats hold an eight-point lead in generic polls.
Per Monmouth University:
The poll finds that Democrats have maintained their advantage on the generic Congressional ballot test. If the election for the House of Representatives was held today, 49% of registered voters say they would support or lean toward supporting the Democratic candidate in their district compared to 41% who would vote for the Republican. This is similar to the 50% to 41% edge Democrats held in Monmouth’s polling in March.
Public opinion remains divided on the signature legislative achievement of the Trump era. Overall, 40% of the public approve of the tax reform plan passed by Congress last December and 44% disapprove. These results are similar to polls from March (41% – 42%) and January (44% – 44%). However, there is now an 11 point gap between those who strongly approve (18%) and strongly disapprove (29%), which is somewhat larger than the 6 to 7 point gap in prior polls (20% – 26% in March and 24% – 31% in January).
Some of the negative polling for Republicans could be caused by generally negative approvals by Republican congressional leadership, some of which are retiring this year.
Despite the booming economy and historic tax cuts, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel understands the uphill climb for the elections and seems optimistic on her party’s chances to keep their majorities.
“We know we face tough challenges heading into the midterm elections,” McDaniel tweeted. “But we’re more passionate than we’ve ever been! We have hundreds of field staff across the country, who’ve made more voter contacts at this point than at any other point in any other cycle.”
We know we face tough challenges heading into the midterm elections. But we’re more passionate than we’ve ever been! We have hundreds of field staff across the country, who’ve made more voter contacts at this point than at any other point in any other cycle. #LeadRight
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 6, 2018
“Republicans cannot afford to play to lose this election cycle,” Kirk concludes. “The future of this country depends on it. They need to take advantage of the achievements President Trump has handed them and take hold of the opportunity to win these key seats.”