There are a number of Republican senators up for reelection in 2020. For some of them, sharing the ballot with Donald Trump could be helpful. For many more, it might be the end of their political career.
So when Donald Trump took the debate stage on Tuesday night, he was fighting for other Republicans on the ticket as well as for himself. And considering that the event was a total disaster for Trump, he didn’t do any of those incumbents any favors.
Republicans working in the senate were willing to rip Trump more than usual when discussing his debate performance today.
Unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney of Utah was willing to go farther than most. “I thought it was an embarrassment,” he told one reporter. In another interview, Romney said, “I can say I watched the debate last night. It was not a Lincoln Douglas debate, that’s for sure.”
"I think he should correct it, and if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak."
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
Senator Ben Sasse, a frequent critic of Donald Trump was more succinct in his response. He simply told reporters, “it was a sh*t show.”
— Clare Foran (@ckmarie) September 30, 2020
And Alaskan senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters, “I think there was so much that was just awful and over-the-top, including both of these men speaking over one another for 90 minutes.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowksi on the debate: “I think there was so much that was just awful and over-the-top, including both of these men speaking over one another for 90 minutes.” Asked if she’s still ‘struggling’ with backing Trump, she told me: “I’m not commenting on that at this time.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 30, 2020
As always, there were Republicans that were willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt.
Ted Cruz told Hugh Hewitt, “I don’t think either side changed the fundamentals of the election. I think everyone who was with Trump at the beginning is still with him. I think everyone who was with Biden at the beginning is still with him.”
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comic books and spending time at the shore with his family.