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Trump thought 'celebrity' candidates could win in 2022 — but voters don't seem to be warming to them
Former President Donald Trump has been a major recruitment tool to get Republicans running for office and through GOP primaries. There's just one problem, his candidates might be celebrities, but they're not ones that voters appear to care for.
Axios wrote about the GOP dilemma Sunday, explaining that candidates like NFL star Herschel Walker in Georgia, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, best-selling author J.D. Vance in Ohio and now venture capitalist Blake Masters in Arizona, are eliminating the Republican likelihood of taking back the U.S. Senate.
The top senate races should have delivered the Republican Party's opportunity to take over the U.S. Senate, but the public simply isn't behind them for various different reasons. When Trump appeared in Pennsylvania before the primary elections in the spring, he celebrated Oz by saying that the reason he was going to win was that he was on television. Presumably, the same logic was applied to Vance because he was a best-selling author.
On Sunday, even Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee chief Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) implied that the GOP candidates may not be his first choice, but they're what the Republican Party primary voters cast their ballot for.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Bret Baier with the Fox network that his expectations of winning have evolved from a blowout to a "close" senate.
"I think when this Senate race smoke clears, we’re likely to have a very, very close Senate still, with us up slightly or the Democrats up slightly," he said.
Speaking to Punchbowl news in March, McConnell compared the GOP Senate candidates as similar to the tea party candidates of 201 and 2012.
"How do you screw this up?" McConnell asked rhetorically. "I'm gonna mention four names, some of which you may actually remember: Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock."
Video of O'Donnell surfaced showing her admitting that she "dabbled into witchcraft."
"I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do," she explained on Politically Incorrect, a television show from the 1990s and early 2000s. "One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar."
Todd Akin infamously announced that a woman couldn't get pregnant from a rape because "the body just shuts that whole thing down."
Sharron Angle infamously advocated for “Second Amendment remedies,” attacked the unemployed as “spoiled,” and told a group of Latino students that they look Asian to her, recalled Amanda Marcotte in 2010.
Richard Mourdock, like Akin, got stuck talking about how there shouldn't be exceptions for rape in abortion cases, a concept that has become mainstream in the Republican Party in 2022. According to Mourdock, however, when a woman is impregnated during a rape “it’s something God intended.”
A number of states are moving to ban abortion even the cases of rape, incest and the life and health of the person carrying the fetus. It has forced several to drive or fly to other states out of desperation because the fetus inside their body has died or is dying but can't be removed until she is dying.
For example, over the weekend, Indiana passed a near ban on abortion in the state, which will force women to carry a dying or dead fetus. Republican Rep. John Jacob made it clear that the inside of a woman's body doesn't belong to them. Such issues are effectively the same issue that didn't work for the GOP for Mourdock or Akin, yet ten years later, they're back and voters still don't approve.
McConnell, Axios said, generally prefers candidates who stay on message and spout the party line. That isn't what gets Republican voters to the polls in a primary anymore, however.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) tweeted on Sunday during the debate over a component in the Inflation Reduction Act that would put a cap on the cost of insulin to $35.
In the United States, insulin costs over $98 per unit, whereas the rest of the world it costs less than $10. The medication keeps many people alive.
But when Grassley took to Twitter he said that he voted to support insulin and that it was Democrats who eliminated it from the bill.
\u201c2day Sen Wyden & I released Finance Cmte report on INSULIN costs Prices hv gone THRU THE ROOF for patients/taxpayers bc of manufacturer, health plan & PBM biz practices They make $ as % of ballooning list price so no incentive to lower price on 100 yr old drug\u201d— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) 1610644925
A video of the vote on C-SPAN, shows that Grassley voted no.
In 2019, Grassley penned a Washington Times editorial with Sen. Mike Braun (R-IA) that complained about the high cost of insulin.
"Why are prices so high? There are a lot of factors, but it boils down to the fact that the process of getting a drug from its manufacturer to the patient is too complex, opaque and expensive. The pharmaceutical supply chain is wrought with special interests that too often prioritize profits over patients," the senators wrote.
"This should never be the case," they say.
See comments about Grassley's tweet below:
\u201cSoon after his GOP blocked the insulin cap in the Dems' Inflation Reduction bill, centenarian Chuck Grassley tweeted that HE voted to make insulin available for pennies on the dollar, but DEMS blocked it. Somebody should wave their hand in front of his face, see if he flinches.\u201d— Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09 (@Duty To Warn \ud83d\udd09) 1659899448
\u201cIowans....Take note.\nChuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted against capping insulin at $35.00. \nWho do they represent...???\n\n#Iowa #Iowans\u201d— DavidGilmoursBestFriend (@DavidGilmoursBestFriend) 1659890647
\u201cLast year Senator Grassley used ALL CAPS to stress about the ballooning cost of insulin. Today, the 88 year old Senator from Iowa joined the majority of republicans in blocking a proposed insulin co pay cap.\u201d— David Begnaud (@David Begnaud) 1659888137
Watch: MAGA fan accuses CPAC organizers of bilking him out of money to watch Trump from the 'overflow room'
In a video shared with MSNBC, an unidentified fan of Donald Trump complained that the organizers of the CPAC conference in Dallas, Texas, took money from customers wanting in and then kept them from entering the main rooms because the event was oversold.
In the interview with The Good Liars' Davram Stiefler, the man and his wife -- both wearing MAGA hats -- explained how they were treated.
"We are outside of CPAC in Dallas, 2022," Stiefler began. "People are getting turned away - want to tell us about it?"
"Yes, we were looking forward to seeing Trump live," the man explained. "We actually paid for it right here, and they knew we were not getting in."
"They sold you tickets -- it was already overcapacity -- they took your money, sent you in there and you just got turned away?" Stiefler asked, to which the man replied, "Exactly."
"Do you think it's an issue of the organizers of CPAC getting greedy?" he was asked.
"It could be that. It may not be organized enough, not knowing what the capacity was. I'm not gonna sit and watch in the overflow room." he complained.
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