- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Republican National Committee plans to brand Democrats in the midterm elections as militant and extremist, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany confirmed Thursday.

During an interview on The Hill TV’s “Rising,” Ms. McEnany described the RNC’s strategy for midterms and laid out its strategy to connect Democratic candidates to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Maxine Waters.

“So we’re now tying Democrats not only to Nancy Pelosi but to this kind of more extreme militant leftist strain that we at least recognize,” she said.

The messaging falls in line with recent rhetoric from President Trump, who attacked Ms. Waters and Mrs. Pelosi as “unhinged.”

For Republicans, the fight for 10 Senate seats held by Democrats in red states is a high priority. The GOP currently has control over that chamber of Congress, but only by a small majority.

While playing offense in Senate races, the RNC is focused on defending its hold on the House. Ms. McEnany also discussed the RNC’s concern about a presidential impeachment if the Republicans lose their majority, although she acknowledged that the sitting party in power typically does lose seats in midterms.

“We recognize that if we lose the House, there are Democrats who have talked impeachment, even though it’s a bogus, baseless theory with no grounding in truth,” she said, “We do think that losing the House puts that at risk and puts that in play.”

The RNC also plans to pin the blame for failed immigration reform on uncooperative Democrats after two Republican-backed bills died in the House in June.

Mr. Trump recently claimed that a “Red Wave” during midterms is the only way to pass immigration reform.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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