GOP Sen. Johnson holds out on backing Trump in 2020

Sergio Conner
April 21, 2018

President Donald Trump may have announced his campaign for reelection, but many Republican lawmakers aren't yet ready to endorse him, CNN reports. Ron Johnson (WI) also told CNN it was "too early to tell" where his support would lie in 2020. "He gets input at 11 o'clock at night, let's say, comes in in the morning and he's got a different mind-set".

Johnson called the prompt for Trump's endorsement a "gotcha question", adding that he thinks "it's unusual that members of the media would be talking about the 2020 election in 2018".

The endorsement isn't surprising - Blackburn faces no serious challenge in the GOP primary, where she's run as an unapologetic conservative and Trump supporter.

Even departing Republican senators who have openly lambasted the president for his impolite optics, off-the-cuff rhetoric or impulsivity are likely to support most of his agenda, if not all of it.

While seeming hesitant at first, Senator Corker went further with his comments Thursday about not knowing if President Trump will run again. Friday, there were more eye-opening comments about President Trump, Marsha Blackburn, and Phil Bredesen.

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The conservative South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, when asked about backing Trump's re-election bid, said: "I'm anxious about my own race right now".

Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee suggested that the president may not run again in 2020, saying, "Whether the president runs again or not I think is very questionable, candidly".

What puts Republicans on Capitol Hill in an awkward spot is the fact that Trump's approval numbers remain rock-solid among core GOP voters, standing at 85% among Republicans in a recent Quinnipiac poll. We can't take it anymore, ' the actor said at an event for California Republicans last month.

"I don't plan on campaigning against someone I have known for a long time, that's not anything other than respect", Corker said.

She hopes to replace fellow Republican Bob Corker who will not seek re-election. And is there any point at which Ryan, who is now the subject of much discussion summing up how his career will be remembered, will step in and put a stop to it?

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