Former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPriebus on chaos in Trump White House: ‘Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50’ Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future Priebus claims he helped stop Trump from firing Sessions MORE is warning Democrats against talk of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE, saying such ideas don’t help Democrats connect with voters in moderate districts.
In an interview airing Sunday on AM 970’s “The Answer,” the former Republican National Committee chair told host John Catsimatidis that such talk among Democrats was a boon for Republicans, who face a challenging midterm season.
“Out of 435 congressional districts, you’ve got maybe 25 in play. And those 25 are very moderate districts. The Democrats talk about impeaching, and using words like that, that doesn’t help them in moderate districts,” Priebus said. “It should be an incredible year.”
But the former top Trump aide cautioned that Republicans still faced a historically challenging scenario: Holding on to majorities in both houses of Congress while their party also controls the White House.
“The party in power historically always has a very difficult time, John. I do think it’s going to be a challenge,” Priebus acknowledged.
Trump and his former aide met in late December over lunch to discuss the 2018 midterms, with Priebus reportedly at the time expressing concern about the GOP’s standing going into November.
The meeting came just days after Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) defeated controversial GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Trump endorses Romney in Utah Senate race Juan Williams: Evangelicals sell their souls for Trump MORE in a special election to replace Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won’t stand MORE, who joined the Trump administration as attorney general.
During his interview broadcast Sunday, Priebus also complimented the president’s selection of Brad Parscale, his former 2016 data manager, to run his 2020 reelection campaign. Trump made the announcement of Parscale’s new role earlier this week.
“I think it’s a great pick. The reason I like it is it’s kind of a no-nonsense, in-the-weeds pick,” the former chief of staff said.
“I like the ground game, the infrastructure, the data,” he added. “That’s what Brad Parscale does. He’s a data guy.”
Democrats need to win a net 24 seats to win control of the House. A Suffolk University/USA Today poll released earlier this week estimates Democrats have a 15-point advantage on a generic House ballot heading into November.