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Roy Blunt: Trump should look ahead, not back

Sen. Roy Blunt said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump should dwell on the future rather than the past.

“The best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future, and he can be an important part of that — this ‘22 effort. But I think better off to talk about the future than to focus on the past,” Blunt said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The remarks from the Missouri Republican come as Trump has teased a 2024 presidential run and continues to litigate the 2020 election that he lost, falsely spouting claims of voter fraud and launching efforts to take out his critics politically, including those who voted to impeach him.

Blunt said Wyoming voters are “going to decide if there’s a place” in the House for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of the leading Trump critics inside the Republican Party.

Looking ahead to a potential Trump bid to take back the White House, Blunt offered some measured advise.

“He can be a candidate if he wants to be. But again, I think what President Trump could do that would be most helpful right now would be focus on the policies that aren’t working,” Blunt suggested. “His policies at the border were working, his regulatory policies were working, his tax policies were working. But we see those policies for Democrats with these narrow majorities they have are not working.”

“I hope that’s where he focuses, but I don’t manage his time or his comments,” Blunt said.

And Blunt also addressed the debate over voting rights legislation.

He characterized Democrats’ efforts to pass voting rights legislation as a federal overreach.

“There are 10,000 election jurisdictions out there in America,” the senator said. “The federal government deciding how elections should be run in all 10,000 of those jurisdictions is a bad idea. … One of the strengths of our system is that the diversity of the system itself and the state and local responsibility to conduct an election that people have confidence in.”

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