A lifelong Republican who switched parties after President Donald Trump’s election could blow up Mitch McConnell’s Senate majority.
Barbara Bollier is running as a Democrat for Senate in Kansas, and polls show she has a shot at becoming the state’s first non-Republican senator since Franklin Roosevelt was president, reported Politico.
Trump won 103 of the state’s 105 counties in 2016, but four of them backed the Democrat in 2018’s gubernatorial race and suburban voters are highly motivated to push the president out of office.
“We need [honesty and integrity] back in Washington, and that’s why a Trump person can vote [for me],” Bollier said. “They want change — they can have that. But they know I’ll stand up to him, and believe me, I will.”
Bollier, an anesthesiologist who’s encouraged masks and social distancing at her campaign events, is running against two-term GOP Rep. Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN who agrees with the president that “we can’t let this virus rule our lives.”
The 62-year-old Democrat doesn’t explicitly talk about flipping the Senate or mention Trump when speaking to voters, but she freely criticizes GOP former Gov. Sam Brownback, whose tax cuts wrecked the state budget and drove her from the Republican Party.
“My values haven’t changed, my votes haven’t changed,” she frequently tells voters. “The party changed.”
Michigan GOP chair tells elections board not to certify results because Republicans were ‘disrespected’
Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Monday asked the Board of State Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results as scheduled because Republicans were "disrespected.".
Cox appeared as a witness as the board was considering whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state. Under state law, the board must certify the results before the close of Monday's meeting.
"I'm asking you to delay certification," Cox told the board's four members. "There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election, too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and the sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters."
If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor
Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.
Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”
Power-hungry Republicans do not fear Trump — it’s worse than that
There’s a presumption at work among members of the Washington press corps that needs rethinking. That presumption is this: the Republicans, especially those in the Senate, fear the wrath of voters who have balled up their identities with the rise and fall of Donald Trump. For this reason, all the Republicans, with rare exception, stand in silence while the president prosecutes what must be called an attempted coup d’etat.