- Former Trump adviser John Bolton warned this week that “mini-Trumps” risk “political suicide”.
- Bolton mentioned how Trump-backed candidates like Dr. Mehmet Oz are not doing well in their competitions.
- “Trump’s obsession with himself and the 2020 election is poisonous to independent and undecided voters,” Bolton said.
Former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton warned this week that candidates who model themselves after the former president could risk “political suicide” in the midterm elections.
Bolton was commenting on a poll conducted by his organization, the John Bolton Super PAC. The poll said it surveyed 1,200 likely voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia from July 22-23.
The Bolton PAC concluded from the polling data that Trump was becoming “a significant drag on the general election prospects” of the GOP candidates. PAC mentioned in particular Dr. Trump endorsed Mehmet Oz and JD Vance — both of whom are eliminating their races — highlighting how undecided voters polled did not favor Trump.
“These results do not mean that Republican candidates should not campaign as true conservatives, only that they emphasize their loyalty to principles,” Bolton said in a statement.
“We can still win these races, but the candidates have to separate themselves from Trump,” he added.
Bolton warned that Trump’s influence on the nomination process and the role he could play in changing how the terms go could be “fatal to the GOP’s efforts to gain full control of the Senate.”
“Trump’s obsession with himself and the 2020 election is poisonous to independent and undecided voters,” Bolton said in his statement.
“Republican candidates hoping to win in November risk political suicide if they emphasize their closeness to Trump, or allow their opponents to portray them as mini-Trumps,” he added.
Bolton’s warning comes amid rumblings that Trump’s high-profile Senate picks — Oz, Vance and Herschel Walker — could lose their races despite headwinds for the Democratic Party.
In particular, recent polls showed that Democratic candidate John Fetterman has now moved ahead of Trump-backed Oz in his race. Oz and Fetterman are scheduled to face off in November to determine who will replace retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.
The Washington Post reported in April that sources close to Trump feared the former president’s risky endorsements of Oz and Vance could jeopardize his reputation as a Republican kingmaker.
Trump’s post-presidential press office and representatives for Oz and Vance did not immediately respond to The Insider’s requests for comment.