Opinion: Republicans should campaign on Trump agenda to succeed in the midterms
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump is the unquestionable leader of the country and the Republican Party.
Recent Republican primaries have been very much representative of this fact.
There was an unexpected result in South Carolina’s first congressional district where well-established Congressman Mark Sanford lost to state Rep. Katie Arrington on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Republican Alabama incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby failed to receive the requisite 50 percent of the vote so she could avoid a runoff.
The common thread between these two incumbents? They were both outspoken against then-candidate Trump in 2016. Sanford has remained a critic of the president since Donald Trump took office.
Sanford and Roby were defined very early on by their primary opponents as disloyal to the president.
That is a highly effective strategy right now. President Trump's approval rating stands at 87 percent amongst Republicans.
As a heads up to those in the GOP, who are thinking of challenging the president in 2020 - only two other presidents since 1950 have had higher approval ratings among their own party headed into the reelection season. They were Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush.
Here’s the bottom line: the Republican Party is now the party of Donald Trump. Given how much the GOP has been accomplishing with President Trump in office, it will likely continue to be very tough for Republicans who have not been aligned with the president to remain viable candidates at the local, state or national levels.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.