PA-Sen: Toomey Should Fear the Trump Effect
Did Donald Trump finally cross the line with his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country?
We’ll know when Republican primary voters and caucusers begin to have their say in February. While the effect on Donald Trump isn’t yet clear, however, the political backlash could adversely affect GOP Senators nationwide.
Amber Phillips of the Washington Post compiled a list of five Republican Senators who should be worried about Trump. Pennsylvania’s junior Senator made the cut.
Phillips noted what the nonpartisan Cook Political Report had to say about the matter.
“A candidate who is too conservative or too controversial can hurt GOP Senate candidates in swing states,” they wrote, expressing a sentiment which Phillips shares.
“Trump is Senate Republicans’ worst nightmare right now,” she states. “His ban-Muslim-immigrants comment is undoubtedly going to make it harder for vulnerable Senate Republicans — who are trying to hang onto the Senate by defending 24 of the 34 seats up for reelection in 2016 — to argue that their party hasn’t gone off the deep end ideologically.”
“That means Toomey will have to outperform the GOP presidential nominee if he has any shot at another term,” Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report wrote.
All the while, Toomey is trying to distance himself from Trump and his plan.
“Trump is wrong. We should not have a religious test for admission to U.S.,” Sen. Pat Toomey tweeted Tuesday morning. “We should have a security test, and it should be bullet proof.”
The Senator must hope that his voice will be louder than the New Yorker’s, which is no small task.