Appearing on CNN on Monday morning with "New Day" host John Berman, Scott Jennings --a political consultant and advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- predicted Republicans will likely do well in the 2022 midterms -- possibly picking up control of both the House and the Senate -- but that Donald Trump and the Capitol riot he inspired will haunt them in the 2024 presidential election.
After explaining that the former president is fully in control of the GOP now, Jennings said Trump won't really be a factor in the midterms -- but whether he heads the GOP's 2024 ticket or not -- he will cast a cloud over the GOP.
Discussing the former president's insistence that the election was stolen from him -- which led to the Capitol insurrection -- host Berman asked, "Scott, doesn't the truth matter? Won't the truth ultimately dictate the path of things?"
"Well, you and I have had this conversation on air before," Jennings replied. "I actually think these conversations about the 2020 election are less impactful on the upcoming midterm and more impactful on the 2024 presidential cycle."
"Ultimately the Republicans are going to have to ask the American people for governing responsibility again and that means facing up to what happened in the aftermath of the 2020 election and the steps that were taken," he elaborated. "While I think the Republicans can do well in the short term with this, there will be a longer-term reckoning and that is short of the danger, I guess, of Donald Trump being the nominee again is his unwillingness to own up to what happened."
"That having been said, Joe Biden is having a terrible go of it," he continued. "His approval ratings are plummeting. I think not only is it highly likely Trump could be the leader of the Republican Party for 2024, there is a world in which he beats Joe Biden to return to the White House because of the way things are going in the country."
"So ultimately, as Republicans, my belief is it doesn't make you a bad Republican just to acknowledge what happened: we lost, bad things were done and they don't have to be done again, and we can be honest about that," he added.
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