Reports indicate that President Trump worked tirelessly to get former Democrat Jeff Van Drew to flip to the Republican party and also attempted to get a second Democrat to flip.
According to The Daily Wire:
President Donald Trump and Republican Party reportedly engaged in a six-week campaign to convince Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) to leave the Democratic Party and to become a Republican and also attempted to get a second Democrat to leave the party.
After Van Drew voted against the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in October, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, approached Van Drew and told him that Trump wanted him to become a Republican.
“McCarthy kept on reaching out to Van Drew, as did other House Republicans. Van Drew and Trump exchanged several phone calls in the past couple of weeks, brokered in part by McCarthy,” Politico continued. “Trump and McCarthy argued that Van Drew would be better off in the GOP. And they also noted that Van Drew’s old New Jersey state Senate seat, which overlaps with his congressional district, had been carried by Republicans in recent Garden State elections.”
Last week, Van Drew and his chief of staff, Allison Murphy requested an in-person meeting with Trump, which was quickly arranged at the Oval Office.
President Trump and other Republicans also tried to get Colin Peterson of Minnesota to flip, but those attempts were unsuccessful.