'A nightmare for Republicans': David Axelrod says Trump could cripple GOP again by discouraging his fans from voting
The chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns said former President Donald Trump has created a "nightmare" situation for Republicans with his ongoing fixation on pushing lies about the 2020 presidential election.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed David Axelrod on Friday about Trump's statement saying his MAGA base would sit out elections if Republicans don't prioritize pushing his "Big Lie."
"You know, David, Republicans have their own problems right now with former President Trump making races a referendum on him, threatening that Republicans won't vote in the 2022 elections or the 2024 elections unless they get to the bottom of the nonexistent voter fraud that he alleges all the time," Blitzer said. "That could be a huge problem potentially for the Republicans, right?"
"Well, they had a little preview of it, Wolf, in the Georgia races after the last election, the runoff election in Georgia, where he was casting doubt about the election process and a lot of Republicans stayed home," Axelrod replied.
"And this is a big fear of Republicans, that somehow if he keeps this up, that that will happen again. Now, his spokesperson said, in explaining his position, that he wants Republicans to address the problems that plagued the last election. The way I read that was not just about his status in the last election, but to seize the tools to try and overturn the next election if he should run and in that sense, you know, it's less about whether the last election was honest but whether they can overturn the results in 2024," he explained.
"But it is a nightmare for Republicans," he concluded.
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During a segment defending Columbus Day on Fox News earlier this week, weekend host Rachel Campos-Duffy resorted to a racist stereotype about Native Americans as violent alcoholics.
"The lie isn't just about our past," said Campos-Duffy. "The real lie is with conditions for Native Americans right now. The conditions from Native Americans have everything to do with government dependency, cycles of poverty and alcoholism, and family breakdowns, and these are things that the Democrats don't want to talk about."
This prompted a blistering rebuke by Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, who on Friday called out the segment as "literal Nazi propaganda."
Sharp started out by calling out Campos-Duffy and Fox News host Jesse Watters for making "stupefyingly racist comments about genocide denial & drunken Native Americans on national TV," and then explained why their rhetoric was "literal Nazi propaganda on American TV."
Read the whole thread below.
(THREAD) @FoxNews hosts Jesse Waters & Rachel Campos-Duffy expressed skepticism about the victimization of Native A… https://t.co/8IthOjLQZl— President Fawn Sharp (@President Fawn Sharp) 1634335586.0
@FoxNews, Native Americans know too much about history not to fight back. How many hate crimes against Native Ameri… https://t.co/kj5OP9ZkNr— President Fawn Sharp (@President Fawn Sharp) 1634335586.0
Unless @FoxNews wants 574 Tribal Nations to directly confront/expose every single board member, investor, exec acco… https://t.co/nvF5japo0h— President Fawn Sharp (@President Fawn Sharp) 1634335587.0
The antics of Arizona Republicans are infuriating Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.
"As if Arizona hasn't already taken enough of a beating, what with a phony audit, Kari Lake's sledgehammer, Mark Brnovich's nunchucks and, well, everything Paul Gosar, now comes the ultimate indignity," Roberts wrote. "Ron Watkins, the guy who reportedly put the Q in QAnon, apparently is moving to Arizona to run for Congress – or possibly just to grift some serious cash from his supporters."
Watkins released a video on Thursday night announcing his campaign in which he declared that he had "decided to double down — with God as my compass — to take this fight to the swamp of Washington, DC" by running for Congress.
"With all due respect (meaning: none), Ron. Couldn't you double down in some other state? Surely, Arizona has suffered enough," she wrote. "For nearly a year, we've endured hysterics over the fact that Joe Biden won the state. From vote-stealing Sharpies to ballot eating 'green buttons' to clueless ninja auditors, this state has slogged through embarrassment after embarrassment."
Roberts specifically called out multiple Arizona Republicans.
"We already are home to Rep. Paul Gosar, who, when he's playing footsie with white nationalists, is extolling the 'peaceful patriots' who stormed the nation's Capitol on Jan. 6," she noted. "We already have Kari Lake, a local TV news-anchor-turned-Trumpette who struts around with her trusty sledgehammer bashing the media and hoping it'll carry her into the Governor's Office."
It’s Friday, October 15th and Jeffrey Epstein still didn’t kill himself Pass it on.— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@Kari Lake for AZ Governor) 1634329113.0
Roberts also mentioned state GOP Chair Kelli Ward, state Sen. Wendy Rogers, and state Rep. Mark Finchem, who is running for Secretary of State.
On Wednesday, Finchem was in Virginia at a rally with Steve Bannon for gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin. Last Saturday, Finchem was in Iowa for a rally with Donald Trump. And on January 6th, Finchem was at the U.S. Capitol.
In DC supporting @realDonaldTrump and @CNN @FoxNews @MSNBC are spewing lies again. #truth https://t.co/MeZ8bEq9mG— Anthony Kern (@Anthony Kern) 1609963352.0
"On Friday morning, we awoke to a video of Attorney General Mark Brnovich showing off his nunchuck moves, a painful demonstration of his qualifications to represent us in the United States Senate," Roberts wrote.
You want the nunchucks. You got the nunchucks. https://t.co/fu4MlJEUN1— Mark Brnovich (@Mark Brnovich) 1634303821.0
Roberts voiced her embarrassment with Watkins and Arizona Republicans.
"So yeah, why not run for Congress and where better than Arizona, where it has, sadly, become perfectly acceptable to spread kooky conspiracy theories in order to get a footing on the poliltical food chain? I mourn for my beautiful, beloved state. We already we have our own homegrown, over-the-edge, full-on off-their-rocker whack jobs," she wrote. "Why us, world? Why is it always us?"
Why us, world? Why is it always us? https://t.co/d83AwlzA6M via @azcentral— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts) 1634333356.0
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