The Republican Party is in a bind after the Donald Trump era destroyed the GOP in urban and suburban areas, according to a report by The New York Times.
The newspaper interviewed former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who left the Republican Party one day after the January 6th insurrection by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election.
"I don't think the right has kept up with the times,'' Sanders told the newspaper.
"Across the political map this year, Mr. Sanders's diagnosis of his former party appears indisputable: In off-year elections from Mr. Sanders's California to New York City and New Jersey and the increasingly blue state of Virginia with its crucial suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Republican Party's feeble appeal to the country's big cities and dense suburbs is on vivid display," the newspaper explained. "But the party's growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas also comes at a considerable cost, denying conservatives influence over the policies that govern much of the population and sidelining them in some of the country's centers of innovation and economic might. The trend has helped turn formerly red states, like Georgia and Arizona, into purple battlegrounds as their largest cities and suburbs have grown larger and more ethnically mixed."
The shift has been extraordinary.
"It is difficult to overstate the extent of the Republican Party's political decline in big-metro America," the newspaper reported. "At the turn of the 21st century, Republican mayors governed cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, and a motorist could drive from Pittsburgh to Provincetown, Mass., without entering a state helmed by a Democratic governor."
Read the full report.
On Monday, WNYT reported that Matt Putorti, a Democratic candidate challenging Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), was targeted by a viciously homophobic voicemail.
"After strategically announcing his run during Pride Week, the candidate received a voicemail on his work phone that he says was full of hate and homophobia," said the report. "The openly gay, Democratic congressional candidate says he has been welcomed and accepted in the North Country. He says the caller is in the minority, but feels emboldened to speak."
Stefanik, a Republican who has represented Northern New York since 2015 and rose to prominence by attacking the impeachment process against former President Donald Trump, was recently promoted to third in command of House GOP leadership, edging out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who had been on the outs with the GOP for weeks beforehand.
'I refuse to be a tool for voter suppression': Georgia GOP official speaks out after censure for opposing election law
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," outgoing DeKalb County, Georgia Elections Board vice chair Baoky Vu, a longtime Republican, spoke out after his party censured him for opposing the GOP's controversial voting restriction bill in the state — and plan to force him out at the end of his term this year.
"Republicans are trying to replace you, as a Republican, with a local conservative with a history of false statements," said anchor Erin Burnett. "I guess when you look at this, do you think your removal could impact the results of the next election or, frankly, could have changed the results of 2020?"
"First of all, yes, it certainly a possibility that real elections integrity would be thrown out the window when you start putting some of these dangerous demagogues in the place of individuals who have carried out their duties and under, at times, great risk to their health and to their livelihoods," said Vu. "I will say this, I don't consider myself a hero. The real heroes are the ones unnamed like you said, the workers, the poll election officials, the volunteers, the corporate citizens who, you know, took out their time, spent money to get folks out to the polls. Those are the true heroes."
"For me, it really is about putting American democracy first," Vu added. "Why? Because for me, I believe that voter access and elections integrity are the pillars of functioning democracy and so I refuse, I simply refuse to be a tool for voter suppression and voter disenfranchisement of our citizens. 45 years ago, my family left Saigon before the Communists took over Vietnam, and I was taught never to take our precious freedoms for granted. So to me, this is one small token of repayment."
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