'The Republican Party is getting smaller' -- and now it's literally killing off its voters: Ex-GOP aide
The California recall election loss should serve as a warning to the Republican Party, according to a former GOP aide, but he doubts they'll learn the right lesson from it.
Kurt Bardella, a former staffer to two GOP lawmakers and current senior advisor to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the Republican Party was literally killing off its voters.
"It's getting smaller and smaller and smaller," Bardella said. "We have a party that, No. 1, is giving instructions to the most ardent supporters that will kill them. If you believe this iteration of the Republican Party, it could cost you your life. Your leaders, governors like the one in Mississippi, what we've seen in Alabama, with more deaths in Alabama than actual births in the last year, if you believe in this party, it could cost you your life."
"No. 2, if you are a woman in this country, this is a party that doesn't believe that your body is yours to command, that you have the right to make decisions about your health," he continued. "For all the things we hear from this party, so-called liberty and freedom and their ridiculous defense of why we shouldn't take the vaccine, that seemingly doesn't apply if you're a woman wanting to make a health care decision for yourself. If you're a minority, you're labeled as the enemy, dirt, a drug dealer or rapist or criminal or a virus."
"The Republican Party is getting smaller and smaller," Bardella added. "The Republican Party in California, 2003, during the recall that led to Arnold Schwarzenegger's election, that was a party that was fighting for the center. That was a party who chose an immigrant to be their standard bearer. He couldn't get past a primary in this iteration of the party. So as goes California, so goes the country. Just as the California Republican Party became a shell of it and became a third party, got wiped out of office statewide, lost control of the legislature. That is what's going to happen to the national Republican Party if they keep going down this path."
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A former Mitch McConnell adviser mocked Donald Trump on Monday for his effort to "depose" the Senate GOP leader.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is working behind the scenes to recruit a Republican senator to challenge McConnell for his leadership position.
Scott Jennings, a conservative commentator and former adviser to McConnell, told CNN's "New Day" hosts on Monday that he doesn't think his former boss is overly worried about Trump's efforts.
"Honestly, this is a continuation of what Donald Trump's posture has been toward McConnell since McConnell decided that Joe Biden had been elected president of the United States," Jennings said, trying to contain his laughter. "What I thought was telling about the Wall Street Journal article, was that not a single person would take Donald Trump up on his offer. Even Mo Brooks, perhaps the Trumpiest candidate out there, wouldn't take him up. Josh Mandel in Ohio wouldn't take him up on it. And the sitting members of the Republican conference that they interviewed all said Mitch McConnell is doing a good job, and John Kennedy of Louisiana said this is like trying to teach a donkey how to fly."
"This is one of those situations where you have to have a plan," Jennings added. "The reason McConnell has been successful at getting elected leader, and when he has elections in Kentucky, is because he always has a plan. Donald Trump never has a plan and thinks he can speak these things into existence. But I would just say that McConnell has never lost an election, ever. He's never been beaten in Kentucky and he's never lost a leadership election. Donald Trump of course has tried twice and has gotten fewer votes than his opponent twice. So in a head to head matchup here on a leadership election, I think Mitch McConnell has a track record that tells us he'll be elected leader again if he'd like to be."
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On Monday, Bloomberg Law reported that Mazars USA, the accounting firm that works with the Trump Organization, faces a critical dilemma as the tax fraud investigation into the former president's family business continues.
"The firm could opt to end its decades-long relationship with the Trump Organization. But walking away from a client doesn't end the firm's professional obligations nor would it halt inquiries into its past work for Trump's global real estate business," reported Amanda Iacone. "Mazars may be stuck with Trump for better or worse. In the short term, the criminal case in New York and an ongoing congressional investigation could stain the firm's reputation. Partners may leave, clients may switch to another CPA firm, revenues could slump."
"There's also an opportunity to bolster the firm's reputation and position among the 30 largest firms in the country by standing by its client and its work," continued the report. "'Accounting firms are going to have clients that have difficulties of one sort or another. And the test of whether or not this accounting firm could be a trusted business partner for a company is how they handle this situation,' said Jon Baumunk, accounting ethics lecturer at San Diego State University."
Mazars has already been the subject of subpoenas from a Manhattan grand jury for eight years of accounting information about the Trump Organization, and has complied with those requests. In August, a federal judge ruled that congressional investigators can also seek these records. This was a major blow to Trump, who in 2019 threatened to sue Mazars if it handed over this information.
Experts have long suspected the records from Mazars could be the key to unraveling wrongdoing at the Trump Organization, which has been accused of keeping two sets of records, inflating the value of their real estate holdings to get better deals on loans, while giving lower numbers to the IRS to avoid paying taxes.
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