“How many of my readers thought I was mad when I compared the coming Inquisition to the Howdy Doody Show? Well, the Holy Doody Puppet Show is on the air! The Republican Party will wear the photo above around their neck like an albatross for the next century! These clowns from Doodyville have destroyed the Republican Party my kindred founded as I predicted years ago!”
I wrote the above in 2012. Without the support of Christians, Trump would not be President, and backing a child molester. Christian Republicans are practicing Selective Morality, anything to make the political opponent look bad. Pro Life was invented to counter the Civil Rights Movement and hurt Democrats in the elections. These Churchiticians are killing Christianity – and the Republican Party!
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
The Republican National Committee announced Monday night that it is reopening the spigot for Roy Moore in Alabama and will work to elect a candidate accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls to the U.S. Senate.
The underlying facts have not changed in the three weeks since the RNC cut off Moore. In fact, new women have come forward, additional evidence has emerged and the candidate — who categorically denies any wrongdoing — has struggled to keep his story straight.
What changed is Trump’s mind. The president formally endorsed Moore yesterday after seeing polls that showed he can win. He came to identify with the former judge because of his own experience with the “Access Hollywood” tape last year.
“Go get ’em, Roy,” Moore said Trump told him in a call from Air Force One.
Naturally, the RNC gave the “exclusive” to Breitbart, which is led by Steve Bannon. The former White House chief strategist is campaigning for Moore again in Alabama tonight. America First Action, a pro-Trump group, announced that it will spend $1.1 million to help Moore ahead of next Tuesday’s special election. Trump himself is planning a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday night, which is just across the border and part of the Mobile media market.
Meanwhile, the GOP’s moral compass continues to spin in circles — unable to find true north.
Trump, who was registered as a Democrat as recently as 2009, is remaking the GOP in his image and infusing it with his sensibilities. Many elected Republicans are uneasy with this, but they continue to go along because they’re afraid of drawing his ire or alienating his core supporters. They also desperately want to keep their Senate majority.
This may come back to haunt the party over the long term: A new Gallup report suggests that Trump is driving people away from the GOP. In November 2016, 42 percent of Americans identified as Republicans. That number has slipped five points, to 37 percent. A year ago, 44 percent of Americans identified as Democrats — the same percentage as now. The number of people identifying as independents has risen four points since Trump won.
— The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which canceled a joint fundraising agreement with Moore, is not following the RNC’s lead — at least for now. The campaign committee is chaired by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who anticipates a tough reelection contest in 2020 and said last month that the Senate should vote to expel Moore if he wins.
But there has already been a remarkable shift in tone among leading Senate Republicans. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), for example, not only defended Trump’s decision but downplayed the seriousness of Moore’s alleged misconduct. “He needs every Republican he can get, so he can put his agenda through,” the president pro tempore and chairman of the Finance Committee told reporters on Monday. “That’s the only Republican you can possibly get down there. … Many of the things he allegedly did are decades ago. So it’s hard to — that’s a decision that has to be made by the people in that state. If they make that decision, who are we to question them?”
Mitch McConnell has walked back his calls for Moore to drop out. “The people of Alabama are going to decide … It’s really up to them,” the Senate majority leader said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” When asked if there would be an effort to expel Moore should he win, the Kentuckian deflected: “We’ll swear in whoever’s elected and see where we are at that particular point.”
“None of us get to vote on who’s the senator from Alabama. Just Alabama voters do. So I think we have to respect their decision — whatever it is,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), McConnell’s No. 2, told reporters on Monday.
The only sitting Senate Republican who was willing to publicly break with Trump was Jeff Flake, who is retiring rather than seeking reelection because he knew he’d probably lose in the GOP primary. IJR’s Haley Byrd reports that every other rank-and-file Republican senator she tried to talk with ducked her questions:
- “I’m not going to make judgments on what the president does. That’s up to him,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).
- Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he didn’t have a statement “one way or the other on that.” “Sorry,” he said.
- “I’ve got enough trouble paddling my own canoe,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “I’m not going to tell the president how to do his job.”
— This is not your father’s GOP.
Mitt Romney, the party’s standard-bearer just five years ago, made clear his displeasure with Trump’s move. Interestingly, RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is Mitt’s niece, but she’s been more loyal to the president than her kin.