Polls show that President Donald Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden badly in the 2020 presidential election, and many Republican insiders are fretting that the president will bring down Senate Republicans with him.
Writing in Rolling Stone, longtime GOP operative and current anti-Trump conservative Tim Miller quotes several Republican campaign staffers who are expressing a real sense of dread at where Trump is taking their party heading into November.
“Every shred of evidence points to a likely ass kicking in the fall,” said one operative.
“Well it’s as bad as it gets right now,” commented another.
However, these Republicans say that they have little choice but to stick with the president since their base voters all demand unquestioning loyalty to him and everything he does.
“There are two options, you can be on this hell ship or you can be in the water drowning,” one Republican explained.
“There are practical realities — we ran a bunch of red district primaries, and it would come back that the number-one issue for 80+% of Republican primary voters was loyalty to Donald Trump,” claimed another. “I’m not making that number up.”
These operatives say they’re even concerned about Trump not only losing Texas but taking Sen. John Cornyn down with him. This anxiety is especially acute because Cornyn does not have the luxury of angering the president’s followers.
“You have 25% of the state is rural and Trump gets like Saddam Hussein level numbers here,” they explained. “87% in 25% of the state… Cornyn gets 69. And so Cornyn can’t find a place to break from because he could really put that in jeopardy.”
WATCH: CNN fact checker shows how Trump campaign ‘egregiously altered’ Biden photos in new ad
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Thursday showed on President Donald Trump's campaign has been blatantly manipulating photos of former Vice President Joe Biden to make it look like he has spent the last year sitting in his basement.
While appearing on "New Day," Dale dissected images of Biden in Trump's new ad and showed how the campaign used Photoshop to put the photos in a completely different context.
"[The ad] uses three misleading images, one of which is egregiously altered," Dale said. "That first image shows Joe Biden speaking at a town hall in Iowa outdoors at a nature preserve... what the ad does is remove the microphone from his hand and remove the trees, replacing it with a wall to make him seem like he's alone and not talking to anyone."
‘This is a big deal’: Iowa Gov. ends voting ban for people with felony convictions
The new executive order means there is now no U.S. state categorically banning people with former convictions from voting.
In a development heralded as "a historic sea change," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning the state's policy of permanently banning those with felony convictions from voting.
"Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance of redemption, second chances, and the need to address inequalities in our justice system," said Reynolds, a Republican, whose order (pdf) is expected to restore voting rights to roughly 40,000 people.
‘So many bootlicking hacks’: Trump campaign ignites mockery with ‘hilarious’ list of potential debate moderators
Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September, according to Axios. In his letter to the commission, he also included a list of suggested moderators.
The list included several mainstream journalists, such as Norah O'Donnell of CBS News and David Muir of ABC News. But it also contained a number of right-wing pundits, like Hugh Hewitt.