Blunt’s advice to Trump to, well, move on from the 2020 election is simply the latest example of prominent Republicans telling the former president to do just that.
So the message is blunt: Time to stop talking about the 2020 election and focus on the 2022 one.
And is Trump listening? He is not!
In that same period of time, Trump sent a total of zero statements about the 2022 election or any Republican candidate running for office next year.
The reality here is that Trump is going to do what he wants — and what he always wants is to do what he thinks is good for him. If that happens to dovetail with something that is good for the likes of any other Republican, that’s fine. But it’s not at all what animates anything he does.
Trump cares first, second and last about Trump. While he is the most powerful and most popular figure in the Republican Party, he is not, in any meaningful way, a leader of that party. He will continue to do what he wants, when he wants — no matter what Blunt, McConnell or any other Republican says.