“If you are running to be leader of the free world and you find admiration for Putin, well, then, you’re losing me,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham.
What does the Republican Party stand for? And how much damage is it willing to inflict on itself—and the country—to put Donald Trump in the White House?
According to a new aggregation of polls by The Huffington Post this week, the GOP will have a difficult time keeping its control of the Senate in the upcoming election cycle. HuffPost’s Senate model shows a 55 percent chance that Senate control will flip to Democrats.
Concerns over the Zika virus are leading constituents in affected areas to push their Republican members of Congress for action. This is not the first time there have been significant calls for action on Zika, but this past summer, Congressional Republicans left for a seven week recess without doing anything to address the growing crisis.
Latino Republicans in the all-important swing state of Florida are voicing their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and encouraging others in their party to do the same.
Five Thirty Eight suggests that unless voters decide to split their tickets (which could happen), Trump may take the Republican Senate candidates down with him. A recent New Hampshire poll, in fact, seems to indicate that Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s poll numbers are closely tied to Trump — bad news for the Senator.
The following are Republicans in Congress who have said they will not vote for Trump in the Nov. 8 presidential election, followed by those who have said they are keeping their options open.
Here’s a crucial thing to know about Trump: He never tries to make his lies or delusions or fantasies make sense. He just spews to explain away the inexplicable.
It’s unclear whether Trump knows the accord was negotiated by the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council—the United States, China, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom—plus Germany. His grasp of foreign policy seems tenuous, at best. It’s also unclear if he is aware of what the accord means to the U.S. economy.
The craziest aspect of hardline conservatives refusing to support Trump is that they themselves are guilty of engaging in some pretty off-the-wall rhetoric. Here’s a rundown of the craziest conservative voices who (somehow) find Donald Trump too insane to handle.
Former CIA officer Evan McMullin has been a frequent critic of Trump on social media, calling him an authoritarian and criticizing his stance on civil rights as well as his refusal to release his tax returns.
The universal franchise is a radical idea — and a relatively new one in human history. The proposition that each man or woman is given equal footing at the ballot box, whether rich or poor, brilliant or simple, black, white or brown, broke with a sturdy convention in human affairs: that the rich and powerful should rule or, at the very least, choose the rulers.
It has to be regarded as an event like the one memorably described by a long-ago Toronto politician as “the most unheard-of thing I ever heard of.” It is so unheard-of that this week, Republicans tried to separate themselves from it. Even Mike Pence, named by Trump as his vice-presidential running mate just three weeks ago, made a point of endorsing the re-election of Speaker Paul D. Ryan, whom Trump shunned.
Pence, who swore off negative campaigning after losing a vituperative congressional race in 1990, eschews name calling. Trump, by contrast, delights in using monikers such as “Crooked Hillary” and “the devil” to describe Clinton.
According to the latest polling, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds commanding leads in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Michigan– three states that Trump hoped to attract with his populist economic message.
Bush did not name Trump at the fundraiser for Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), but his comments against policies of “isolationism, nativism and protectionism” were a clear jab at the GOP’s nominee platform.
You could argue this has been Trump’s strategy from the start. His stream-of-garbage/consciousness style has gotten him this far, so why would he stop now? Yet barely two weeks after nominating Trump, a growing number of Republicans are beginning to consider what might happen if he were just …to quit.
Rob Wasinger, a onetime congressional candidate who has been working for the Trump camp on congressional outreach, sent an email to senior Senate aides saying, “We want to get several member statements out today on this, and would really appreciate your help.”
The Koch’s Freedom Partners network has a budget of about $750 million, and they will spend it supporting Republican candidates across the nation. Make no mistake: While the Koch brothers have an ideological difference with Trump which they cannot overlook – on free trade — the Republican Party is still theirs.
Roger Stone’s tweet links to an article on a low-budget conspiracy site that accuses Mr. Khan of having links to groups planning a “military conquest” of the U.S., and shamelessly suggests that Mr. Khan’s son, Humayun Khan, may have been planning a suicide attack on his fellow soldiers.
Like Trump, dictators throughout history have often been charismatic demagogues who love matching their bombastic rhetoric with equally eye-grabbing movements.