Washington Post’s David Ignatius: Mitch McConnell May Start Distancing the GOP from Trump

Washington Post’s David Ignatius: Mitch McConnell May Start Distancing the GOP from Trump

The Washington Post‘s David Ignatius told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday that Republican candidates in down ballot races are being warned that President Donald Trump is hurting their chances. Ignatius spoke to Joe Scarborough about the President’s chances.

Scarborough highlighted a report suggesting Trump could drop out of the race because of his ‘fragile ego.’

“We’ve been hearing that for the first time Republicans are starting to talk on Capitol Hill about the possibility that they cannot follow this man into the abyss much longer because they see the poll numbers and understand how badly things are going for them,” Scarborough said.

“First of all, I’ll ask you, have you heard anything from GOP operatives that he may be considering not running again, or anything else from Republican sources? And where does the Republican Party go from here?”

“Joe, I haven’t been hearing that Trump may throw in the towel,” Ignatius said. “I have to say that would be uncharacteristic from him from everything we know about him.”

“But you do see some key Republicans, Ed Rollins, Karl Rove, Mr. Republican under George W. Bush, saying if he continues under the direction he’s going, he’s gonna lose. Being straightforward and emphatic. And I think the audience for these comments is GOP members of the Senate. Because I think the Senate now increasingly is in play. And If there’s one thing I know watching the Republicans, it’s the power of raw self-interest.”

“Even Mitch McConnell, if he feels that the Republican ability to maintain control of the Senate is hostage to this increasingly erratic president, I think it’s possible that he’d begin to distance the party from Trump. How Trump would react to that, it’s hard to predict.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor