Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday his decision to make another run at the White House will hinge on Republicans regaining the majority in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
“Based on every poll, they want me to run again,” Trump told Fox News’ “Primetime” with Maria Bartiromo in a 22-minute interview via telephone. “But we are going to take a look and we will see.”
In the meantime, Trump vowed to work hard for the GOP to regain the majority in the House, and flip the Senate. Democrats currently hold a 219-211 edge in the House (with five vacant seats) and the Senate is a dead heat at a 50-50 split.
“First thing is for us, we have to see what we could do with the House,” Trump told Bartiromo. “I think we have a very good chance at taking back the House. We were going to lose 15-25 seats the last time, [until] I got involved. I worked very hard.”
As for the Senate lead, Trump pinned the blame of two Georgia Jan. 5 runoff election losses on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failing to deliver $2,000 COVID-19 impact payments to individuals in the stimulus package passed at the end of the Trump administration, instead settling for $600 per individual.
“Mitch McConnell made a tremendous mistake,” Trump said. “He lost to those two seats.”
“I think we have a chance of taking back the House; I think we have a chance to do better in the Senate,” Trump continued. “We need leadership in the Senate, which frankly we don’t have. We need better leadership in the Senate. We have a good chance to take back the Senate. And frankly, we will make our decision after that.”
President Joe Biden is helping Trump’s decision, too, he said, with massive mistakes on spending and immigration policies that are opening the borders and creating a migrant crisis at the border.
“When you add it all up, I think we will do very well in 2 years, and I think we are going to do very well in four years,” Trump said, teasing an official return to the campaign trail.
It is imperative for Senate Republicans to stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 1 election bill that would ostensibly rubber stamp elections for Democrats going forward.
“If it’s allowed to happen, I think your Republicans will have a very hard time getting elected,” Trump said. “What will happen is the Democrats will be able to do what they did in the in the 2020 election and even worse, potentially even worse.
“It is set up they can’t believe [they got away with], and it is because of the fact that the Republicans lost two seats that they never should have lost in Georgia.
“When you look at what they did and when you look at the dishonesty and all of the things that took place in that election, they should have never happened. They have to stop that bill.”