GOP lawmakers are eyeing a $20 million federal donation to counter the National Republican Congressional Committee’s attack on President Donald Trump’s administration.
The NRCC, which has waged a digital war against the president, has been accusing Republicans of “anti-Trump” rhetoric and trying to “destroy” the party, which is expected to win the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats are expected to use the money to target GOP incumbents who support Trump, such as Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who is considered one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents.
Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed the allegations as a coordinated effort by the NRCC and others, has denied the allegations.
In a statement on Thursday, NRCC spokesman Jason Miller said the GOP plan “represents a clear-eyed view that Trump is not responsible for any of the crises and that he should not be trusted to oversee the nation’s economic recovery.”
Miller added, “It is time for Republicans to stop attacking President Trump and stop taking away our rights as Americans.
The Republicans who are leading the charge against our president have a track record of taking away Americans’ rights.”
Democrats are planning a major media blitz in 2018 to counter NRCC attacks.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement Thursday that Democrats are “ready to take on the NRC, which wants to destroy the Trump presidency.”
Democrats plan to target Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as well as former White House chief of staff Katie Walsh and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Pelosi said.
The party has also been working on its own digital ads to attack GOP incumbains, including Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, former Rep. Chris Collins, former Speaker of the House John Boehner and Ohio Rep. Steve King.
Democrats plan a digital campaign against Republican Reps.
Rob Bishop, R.I., and David Schweikert, R.-Ariz., in 2018.
Democrats hope to paint GOP incumbends as hypocrites, saying their stances on Trump are more important than their jobs.
Republicans have been accused of using the crisis over Trump’s travel ban to try to “steal” votes, and the NRAC is planning to attack them.
Trump has been largely untroubled by the negative attacks, but his approval rating has slipped to 43 percent, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
The GOP has also made efforts to distance itself from the party’s most controversial members, including Priebus, who was forced to resign as chairman of the Republican National Committee following revelations that he had privately discussed sanctions against Russia during the presidential campaign.