In the US, the Republicans want to regain power in the US Congress in the midterm elections in November. Some candidates have recently deleted references to controversial topics from their online profiles: Trump and abortion. There could be good reasons for that.
At least nine Republican congressional candidates have removed or changed references to former President Donald Trump or abortion from their online profiles in the past few months. This is reported, among other things, by the “Washington Post”. For example, Yesli Vega, a Republican running for the US House of Representatives in a contested Virginia district, no longer mentions her connection to Trump at the top of her Twitter page.
Other examples: Barbara Kirkmeyer, currently a Senator from the state of Colorado, removed any mention of the term abortion from her campaign website. The Republican is also running for the House of Representatives. Republican nominee for the Arizona US Senate Blake Masters has removed from his website both references to anti-abortion positions he once championed and references to false claims by Trump that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
At the upcoming midterm elections in November, the Republicans want to win back the majorities in the two chambers of the US Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, from the Democrats. Republican pollster Whit Ayres told the Washington Post the best strategy is to turn the midterm elections into a referendum on the Biden administration. "Anything that detracts from that focus weakens the Republican position."
But both the abortion issue and Trump are currently threatening to become a problem for Republicans. At the end of June, the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that had guaranteed the right to abortion in the US Constitution for almost 50 years. According to polls, a majority of US citizens reject the court's decision. And Trump is also currently making negative headlines: At the beginning of August, the FBI federal police searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago villa in Palm Beach, Florida. The FBI confiscated several sets of documents classified as top secret.
Recently it became known that investigators even see indications of a possible obstruction of justice after the Trump raid. "Evidence has been found that government records were likely hidden and removed from storage (at Trump's mansion) and that efforts were likely made to obstruct the investigation (...)," the Justice Department wrote in a released court document.