For weeks, a campaign called “Republican Voters Against Trump” (RVAT) has been posting testimonials on social media of lifelong Republicans explaining why they can’t back President Donald Trump and are bucking their party to support Joe Biden.
In response to the group’s success and reach, a new group has sprung up calling itself “Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden,” meant to suggest the opposite — disaffected Democrats driven to support Trump by their party’s supposed radicalism.
There’s just one problem: according to Lachlan Markey of The Daily Beast, Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden doesn’t actually have any Democrats.
DVAJB is funded by Americans for Responsible Government, a right-wing political nonprofit run by Steve Nickolas, “an Arizona bottled water businessman who’s been involved in a handful of conservative political advocacy groups in recent years.” Also involved in the venture is John Michael Capaldi, a self-described “internationally known celebrity psychic, life coach and stylist” who teaches “classes” on ghost hunting and exorcism.
According to the report, “Language on its website is copied nearly verbatim from the RVAT website, with some minor stylistic changes and Biden’s name switched out for Trump’s.” But the only testimonial currently on the website is Tracey Chavez, whose son Chris is another Nickolas associate who worked as a field organizer for the Trump Victory joint fundraising committee. The elder Chavez can be seen holding up a Democratic voter registration card — but the date of his registration is unclear, and according to his son, he “supported [Trump] for president back in the 80s before he ever considered politics.”
Nickolas acknowledged to The Daily Beast the absence of actual Democrats. “We’ve only been live for a week and a half,” said Nickolas. “We haven’t really been overwhelmed with interest but we haven’t really pushed it as much as we plan on doing.”
‘Biden won’: Fox Business host gives Kayleigh McEnany bad news about Trump’s debate
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump came out on top against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Tuesday night's debate.
McEnany was asked about Trump's performance by Fox Business host Stuart Varney.
"He thinks he won the debate?" Varney wondered. "Does he think that?"
"Yes, he does," McEnany replied. "He was in very good spirits. He brought the fight that I think the American people wanted to see."
"President Trump took on the role of both the media, what they should be doing, and a candidate sharing his record with the American people," she opined.
Tim Scott says Trump ‘misspoke’ about Proud Boys: ‘If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak’
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday sought to excuse President Donald Trump's refusal to disavow a far-right extremist group.
At Tuesday night's presidential debate, Trump was asked to speak out against the neo-fascist Proud Boys group.
"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!" Trump replied.
On Wednesday, Scott was given a chance to comment on the remark during a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace's comment," Scott said. "I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it, if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak.”
Former RNC chair and Montana governor spurns his party to endorse Joe Biden
Former Republican Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, who also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee for two years, has broken with his party and is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Helena Independent Record reports that Racicot made his endorsement on Tuesday evening in an interview with Yellowstone Public Radio.
"Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," the former Montana governor said before making an argument in favor of Biden's moral character.