What issues will guide the 2022 elections? Check the announcements of GOP senators
If the Facebook ads that incumbent Republican senators are running is any guide, next year’s midterm elections are set to be a showdown against Big Tech, former President Donald Trump, and Institute director Dr.Anthony Fauci. national allergies and infectious diseases, as well as immigration.
Republicans heading for re-election next year are already running digital ads to raise funds and grow their mailing lists, and while there are unknown issues and political controversies that will still shape the 2022 midterms, topics on which the incumbents have chosen to take place now serve as a preview of the races to come. For now, it is fraught with issues of culture war, border, and fierce loyalty to Trump.
Here’s a look at the issues Republicans are focusing on based on the May and June ads, according to Facebook’s Ad Library:
Senator Mike Lee of Utah
Lee – who faces main challengers including former State Representative Becky Edwards and former chief of staff to former Governor Gary Herbert Ally Isom – has addressed issues such as the border , the empowerment of large technology companies and the “cancellation of culture”. “The left continues to celebrate the culture of cancellation,” one ad read. “We have to fight!”
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri
Hawley, one of the early leaders of the Republican Big Tech reaction, recently linked his crusade directly to Trump. Trump is featured extensively in recent Hawley paid ads for the National Republican Senate Committee, including some that literally advertised Trump. upcoming social network. “President Trump is launching his own social media site,” one ad read. “Would you like to join him?” “
Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho
Crapo also ran ads promoting Trump’s social network, as well as ads asking his supporters to help protect the borders by contributing to his campaign. “DONATE TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION,” shouts an ad calling for donations.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida
Rubio aggressively criticized Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, but the former president – as well as the former president’s son – has shown up a lot in Rubio’s recent digital ads. Rubio ran ads touting his endorsement of Donald Trump Jr., and other ads hit Democratic Rep. Val Demings for her role in Trump’s first impeachment. Rubio also accused President Joe Biden of not standing up to China.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
There may not be a Republican today whose ads take the pulse of Republican culture wars more than DeSantis. He ran advertisements on “Critical Race Theory,” which the Florida Board of Education banned public school classrooms last month, asked supporters for their views on transgender athletes in sport, and proclaimed “Don’t Fauci My Florida” in an ad promoting its less restrictive handling of the pandemic .
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
Paul ran ads asking supporters to donate $ 17.76 “for America,” and he also went out of his way to criticize Fauci, associating his requests for donations with calls to fire or investigate the best. country’s infectious disease expert.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Grassley’s ads stand out from most of his fellow Republicans. Most of these are straight-on-camera videos that do not focus on culture wars, although some of the copies of the commercials touch on “the socialist left,” “the Biden border crisis” and “the radical political agenda. Democrats ”. In some videos, Grassley is outspoken about fundraising, so he’ll be featured well in his Quarterly Report from the Federal Election Commission, and an ad even features a request from his wife Barbara.
Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina
Scott’s ads warn that the left is “doing its best to undo ALL that is conservative in America,” and some suggest Scott is particularly targeted because he “does not fit the narrative of the” awakened “left. as a black Republican. Scott also underlines his support for Trump.
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Johnson’s YouTube account was temporarily suspended last month after violating the site’s policies on spreading false information about COVID-19, and the Wisconsin Republican is using the news to tie in to Trump’s social media ban. “Big Tech has censored both President Trump and Ron Johnson for sharing their views,” one ad read. Johnson also ran ads asking supporters what they think of Biden’s work.
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana
Kennedy’s ads call on supporters to participate in the fight against the Democrats’ “socialist agenda” and to protect gun rights. He also ran ads criticizing Fauci. “Fauci has flip-flopped like a bank catfish answering questions about COVID,” one ad read.