President Donald Trump should concentrate on the future rather than the past, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“The best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future,” the Missouri senator said. “And he can be an important part of that, this ’22 effort.
“Better off to talk about the future than to focus on the past in every election. Every election should be about the future, and I think that’s what this next one’s going to be about.”
When “Meet the Press” host Andrea Mitchell pressed Blunt, saying that Trump continues to talk about the past by claiming that President Joe Biden’s victory in the election last year was fraudulent, Blunt sidestepped the question, saying that “Biden and the Democrats are giving us plenty of things to talk about. We don’t need to keep focusing on the past.”
Blunt announced in March that he would not run for reelection in 2022, which was another blow for the institutionalist wing of the Senate GOP caucus, according to The Hill.
Blunt also insisted to NBC that Republicans in the Senate are not discussing the past election, but are “talking about [the Biden adminstration’s] bad tax policies, bad environmental policies, bad national takeover of the election process.”
Blunt’s message was very similar to that of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters last week that “It’s my hope 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,” according to C-Span.
After Mitchell asked if Trump should be disqualified from being a candidate in 2024 if he keeps denying the reality of the election and of Biden being the president, Blunt said “there are constitutional provisions about being a candidate, and having opinions that other people may not agree with is not one of those provisions.”
Blunt added that Trump “can be a candidate if he wants to be. 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.
“Policies at the border were working. His regulatory policies were working. His tax policies were working. But we see that now, those policies for Democrats, with these narrow majorities they have, aren’t working. I hope that’s where he focuses. But, you know, I don’t manage his time.”