"It is easy to see that strategy backfiring in a spectacular way"

Rep. Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan who was defeated last week in his primary, warned Sunday that Democrats’ strategy of boosting GOP candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump could backfire in a “spectacular way” when voters go to the polls for the general election in November.

“While I think there was certainly a cynical calculus at play with the Democrats meddling, this is a risky strategy. It’s a dangerous strategy,” Meijer told “Face the Nation.” “Where President Biden is in his approval is so in the gutter, that it is easy to see that strategy backfiring in a spectacular way, which is all the more reason why we should not be embracing the zero-sum idea of politics.”…

“We had a scenario where not only did I have the former president aligned against me, but in a rare showing of bipartisan unity, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Campaign Committee, also united to try to knock me off the ballot,” he said. “Now, this just highlights the cynicism and hypocrisy of our politics today. And frankly, it’ll be unknowable what that ultimate impact was, but the fact that we have the establishment left and the extreme right locking arms in common cause paints a very telling picture of where our politics are in 2022.”