Rep. Banks Defends Trump, Says ‘He Wasn’t On The Ballot’

Indiana GOP Rep. Jim Banks in Sunday defended former President Trump after Republicans underperformed in the midterms, saying Trump “wasn’t on the ballot” this year.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) attends  a press conference following a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on June 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. The group of lawmakers spoke out against the January 6 Committee hearings that begin tomorrow and also called on gun reform legislation that focuses on hardening schools, providing mental health resources and improving threat assessment measures. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Banks’ comment Sunday is on of the latest on midterm results, which have become a referendum of Trump’s position in the Republican Party, now and going forward, particularly since he appears ready to announce his 2024 presidential bid.
  • “Donald Trump remains a very popular figure in the Republican Party in each corner of the country,” Banks said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And I remember when he was on the ballot and 2016 and 2020, we won a lot more seats than when he wasn’t on the ballot in 2018.”

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