As many legitimate reasons as liberals and progressives have for bashing Donald Trump’s presidency and the modern-day Republican Party, the fact remains that Republicans can be incredibly effective with their hardcore base when it comes to messaging — however deceptive that messaging might be. And journalists Alayna Treene and Jonathan Swan, in a December 3 report for Axios, describe the ways in which Republicans have turned impeachment into both a fundraising tool and a fire-up-the-base tool.
“The Republican base is fired up by impeachment,” Treene and Swan explain. “It’s driving fundraising to pro-Trump groups, which pump that money back into ads to get the base even more fired up.”
So far, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives haven’t actually indicted Trump on articles of impeachment, although they have presented an abundance of compelling testimony to show why Trump deserves to be impeached. Despite all the evidence, Republican strategists have been insisting to their base that the House impeachment inquiry is total nonsense — and the base is buying it.
“Pro-Trump groups are flooding the airwaves ahead of this month’s expected House vote on articles of impeachment, spending millions to pressure Democrats in swing districts to vote no,” Treene and Swan report. For example, the Axios journalists note, the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is “dropping $2.26 million on ads” and “targeting 27 Democratic House members the group sees as most politically vulnerable in the impeachment fight.” And Kelly Sadler, a spokeswoman for America First Policies, told Axios, “The goal is to make the impeachment vote as hard as possible for them.”
In America First Policies’ melodramatic ads, a male narrator ominously declares, “The radical left will stop at nothing” and goes on to demand that House members “end the witch hunt, oppose impeachment, put America first.” And each ad, according to Treene and Swan, is “personalized to target individual lawmakers, all of whom are in districts Trump won in 2016.”
Democratic House members targeted in the ads range from Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia to Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan to Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois. The ad aimed at Spanberger declares, “Call Congresswoman Spanberger. Tell her to end the witch hunt, oppose impeachment, put America first.”
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel repeatedly voted by mail — before suing California for expanding the practice
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel frequently voted by mail before leading a lawsuit against California over the state's mail voting expansion, according to voting records.
McDaniel announced on Sunday that the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party had sued Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom after he announced that all registered voters in the state would receive mail-in ballots for the upcoming elections.
Leaked video: GOP Senate candidate told black leaders it’s pointless to call out Trump racism
John James, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan, privately told African-American leaders in the state that it was pointless to publicly call out President Donald Trump's racist statements — shortly before he publicly criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for "hurtful" remarks he made about black voters.
"When I do talk about a prosperity agenda, that's the goal, is achieving equity and equality for our people, not standing up on Twitter and condemning folks," James said in a leaked video obtained by Salon, in response to a question about why he had not spoken out about the president's racist rhetoric. "We've had our minds twisted to believe that speaking out is tantamount to fixing things."
George Floyd’s death returns spotlight to Sen. Amy Klobuchar prosecutor past
MINNEAPOLIS — The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody this week has renewed concerns about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s time as a Hennepin County prosecutor as she is being vetted as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.The selection of Biden’s No. 2 is unfolding as many blacks — a key voting bloc for the party — are looking for Biden to show he is not taking black voters for granted and that his ticket can excite those who sat out the 2016 election.Klobuchar’s presidential bid was marked by an inability to gain inroads with black primary voters whil... (more…)