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Analysis: Donald Trump's fingerprints are all over the 2022 Senate fight

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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How's former President Donald Trump filling his days now that he's gone from the White House? Judging from his public statements, he's watching the battle for the Senate majority in 2022 closely -- and trying to handpick GOP candidates in several key races.

On Thursday, apropos of nothing, Trump endorsed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) for reelection in 2022 -- even though the incumbent is undecided about whether to run again.

"Even though he has not yet announced that he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin," said Trump.

It's no surprise that Trump likes Johnson.

Johnson has also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (a California Democrat) impeached Trump over his actions on January 6 in order to cover up her culpability in the US Capitol riot.

The pre-endorsement of Johnson was Trump's latest attempt to shape the 2022 Senate playing field.

On Wednesday, Trump had waded into what is expected to be a crowded primary race to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R) by endorsing Rep. Mo Brooks.

"Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks," said Trump.

Trump has also conducted a mini-episode of "The Apprentice" with the four main candidates running for the Ohio open-seat Senate race and made clear that he plans to actively work to defeat Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) next November.

Trump also endorsed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for reelection on Thursday.

The likely Pennsylvania US Senate candidacy of Sean Parnell, who ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2020 with Trump's strong endorsement, could also garner an endorsement from the former President in a key open-seat race.

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