Trump squeezes Republicans with eye on 2022 primaries

The latest steps come amid growing concerns in the GOP that Trump’s political interests and the broader Republican Party’s will diverge when he leaves office. Already, the president has rankled Senate Republicans by using appeals about raising money for the Georgia Senate runoffs to send money to his newly formed political action committee. Trump also circulated a graphic suggesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who is poised to become the highest-ranking Republican in Washington next month — owed his broad reelection margin to Trump.

Now, it’s becoming clearer that Trump’s cash-flush PAC could be deployed in two years against remaining Republican incumbents Trump doesn’t like. Trump’s tweets and public statements have already drummed some GOP officials out of office during his administration, but the PAC could be a potent new tool in his continued quest to shape the party.

The Trump forces sent up a warning flare on Wednesday when they launched a $5 million TV and radio advertising blitz calling on Republican-controlled state legislatures to hold hearings on voter fraud. Some of the commercials are running in Georgia, whose governor, Brian Kemp, is up for reelection in 2022 but has come under heavy criticism from the president for not bending to Trump’s calls to overturn the election results.