A Missouri Republican trying to attract Steve Bannon’s support in his upstart Senate campaign nearly indistinguishable from parody.
GOP candidate Courtland Sykes released a nine-and-a-half-minute campaign ad attacking his primary opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, as a “RINO,” or Republican in name only.
Hawley has drawn praise from Breitbart News, overseen by Bannon, the erstwhile White House chief of strategist, and the backing of former Missouri Sen. John Danforth — who has questioned President Donald Trump’s credentials as a Republican.
Sykes attacked both Hawley and his “sugar daddy” Danforth in an incredibly long ad that demonstrates Poe’s law — an internet adage that it’s impossible to parody extreme views without being mistaken for a sincere expression.
“Tell us the truth, Josh — and be honest for once — just say it,” Sykes says in the video, speaking for his opponent. “I Josh Hawley, am an effete, clubby, stuff-shirted, big-money RINO — a liberal pretending to be a conservative, a Democrat pretending to be a Republican, a walking, talking political flim-flam man who conned Missouri 39 weeks ago to get my AG office — and now I’m out to con Missouri twice.”
“And Josh, why not come all the way out of that political closet while you’re at it?” Sykes continued. “Confess the rest, just say it: I Josh Hawley, love my political sugar-daddy Jack Danforth — we are both big money snobs who hate President Trump. And yes, my mentor and closest advisor — dog food heir and discredited Sen. Danforth — has become a screaming liberal curmudgeon, full of hate and envy for President Trump, Danforth goes about condemning the President and calling President Trump a ‘hateful man.'”
One political scientist who reviewed Sykes’ campaign positions, which include his belief that women should be traditional homemakers, can’t be 100 percent certain Sykes is serious, and described his views as “Trump-inspired populism on steroids.”
“I’m 99.9 percent sure it’s not parody,” said John Messmer, a political science professor at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. “It’s not something strategic done by the Democratic side or someone that’s looking to criticize the conservative or Republican position.”
“I do hold back that 0.1 percent,” Messmer added. “This might be one of the greatest examples of political performance art I’ve ever seen.”
Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report
On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.
"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."
Republican freaks out after Democrat quotes Trump’s racist statement on the floor of Congress
Chaos continued on the floor of the House of Representatives during the debate on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four young women of color.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) rose to support the resolution, listing multiple instances of racism from the commander-in-chief.
As part of the list, Swalwell noted Trump's attacks on "sh*thole countries."
After he swore on the floor by quoting the president, Republicans freaked out.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) complained and got in a back-and-forth with Swalwell.
Collins sought to have Swalwell's words stricken from the Congressional Record, which would have banned him from speaking for the rest of the day.
‘He’s ignorant — not stupid’: NYT columnist says Trump is trying to ‘bait’ Democrats because he wants to run against AOC
President Donald Trump is not going to get the 2020 opponent he wants, so he's going to pretend that his actual opposition is being led by the four young women in Congress known as The Squad, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote on Tuesday.
Trump has spent the last few days with racist attacks on the four first-term members, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).