In the lead opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, the editorial board of the conservative news outlet served warning to the Republican Party that attempts to purge members who didn't wholeheartedly support former President Donald Trump will guarantee they remain the minority party for years to come.
Focusing on the successful effort of the Arizona GOP to censure popular Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and ex-Senator Jeff Flake -- Republicans all -- the editors wrote that the resolution will have little impact other than to inflame an intra-party war.
"Sensible parties that lose elections try to reunite in opposition even while they debate policy differences and examine why they lost. They don't excommunicate people who could help rebuild a majority. Mr. Flake and Ms. McCain found Mr. Trump's behavior as President unacceptable, but they were hardly alone. Mr. Trump didn't lose because Republicans betrayed him," the editors wrote before admitting, "He lost because he alienated too many voters in Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona who liked his policies but disliked his tumultuous leadership."
Calling the attack on Gov. Ducey "bizarre," the editorial stated that Ducey could be a viable candidate one day for one of Arizona's two U.S. Senate seats, but may decide he wants no party that turns on his own.
Additionally, the WSJ editorial board pointed out that slavish devotion by the GOP to Trump is a huge mistake as he has damaged the Republican Party and will likely do even more as he attempts to manipulate the party's future while whiling his time away on Florida.
"If Mr. Trump seeks revenge against anyone who voted to impeach him, or anyone who accepts Mr. Biden's victory, he will split the party even if he doesn't run for office again himself. If he forms a third party, he won't win. But he would all but guarantee that Democrats keep the House and Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024," the board warned before lecturing, "If Republicans want to keep losing elections, they'll keep fighting over 2020 and Donald Trump instead of looking to the future."
You can read the whole piece here (subscription required).
During a longwinded speech in Arizona on Saturday, Trump lashed out at the "RINOs" — or "Republicans in Name Only" — who he believes are "worse than Democrats."
That message has been spreading throughout the country and was reportedly on full display at the Muskegon County GOP BBQ bash in Michigan earlier on Saturday.
"The smell of BBQ food filled Krause Park in Muskegon Saturday afternoon, but none of the food was for 'RINOs,' according to signs posted at the local Republican party event," Fox 17 reports.
"Those literal signs are among other things showing the former president's continuing influence on local Republicans, who at the Muskegon County GOP BBQ bash Saturday echoed concerns that the 2020 election was in some way 'stolen' from Trump, despite a Republican state senate report that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Michigan," correspondent Aaron Parseghian explained. "The Muskegon County Republican Party says they hope to turn the longtime blue county, red in 2022; something President Trump fell just short of doing last November."
There might be a problem with that approach, CNN correspondent Kyung Lah noted while covering Trump's speech.
"Trump says some AZ GOPers are 'worse than Democrats' and will be defeated in the primaries. That's 100% possible. But here's what he isn't saying: will AZ independents, who make up 1/3 of voters in the GENERAL election, support those Trump-backed candidates in this purpling state?" she wondered.
NEW- The smell of BBQ food filled Krause Park in Muskegon Saturday afternoon, but none of the food was for “RINOs,”… https://t.co/dyKJjvdTO1— Aaron Parseghian (@Aaron Parseghian) 1627173614.0
Trump whines for over 100 minutes at Arizona grievance festival — here are the 7 most absurd moments
Donald Trump spoke for over 100 minutes during a long-winded speech at a "Rally to Protection Our Elections" in Phoenix.
Much of Trump's speech was focused on repeating his debunked lies that he won the 2020 presidential election, when in reality he was defeated by Joe Biden.
But he also found time to bash much of America while praising the local extremists behind Arizona's audit of the vote in Maricopa County and listing his many perceived grievances.
Trump attacked Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), all the Republicans who are "worse than Democrats," Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), soccer's United States Women's National Team, and said his supporters have to "fight" against everyone who said he lost the election with language that echoed his speech that preceded the January 6th insurrection.
Trump said the exact same thing to the insurrectionists! And after hearing this, domestic terrorists immediately tu… https://t.co/uzue4keSoy— Erin Maye Quade (@Erin Maye Quade) 1627170699.0
Much of the speech was just bizarre due to the combination of Trump brazenly lying about things that happened while also pontificating on the delusions that populate right-wing media.
Here are the seven most ridiculous moments from the speech.
7. Trump is so out-of-touch you thinks Americans must show their papers to purchase groceries
Despite being ridiculed when Trump spoke of this delusion in the past, Trump falsely claimed Americans need to show identification to purchase groceries as he pushed voter I.D. laws.
Trump still thinks you need an ID to buy groceries pic.twitter.com/CDwXlSRmCb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 25, 2021
6. Trump imagined what he would do if he were Native American
Trump complained about the Cleveland Guardians baseball team and praised the racist logo the team retired. "If I was an Indian, I'd sue. Sue them Indians," he said.
Trump on the Cleveland Indians name change: "If I was an Indian, I’d sue. Sue them Indians." https://t.co/Joe2mf60gC— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1627173620.0
5. Trump argues America is becoming a communist country
"Like it or not, we are becoming a communist country. That's what's happening, that's what's happening," Trump said without providing any evidence. "We are beyond socialism."
Trump says "Like it or not, we are becoming a Communist country" and calls the Green New Deal "Green New Bulls---."… https://t.co/JPDy2o0IBb— Newsmax (@Newsmax) 1627171558.0
4. Trump explains how it hurts Republicans at the polls when his supporters believe his election lies
Trump repeatedly mentioned during his speech his belief that when his supporters believe his false claims of election fraud, it makes them less likely to turn out to vote. Trump said this is how Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump threatens that if Republicans don't amplify his (false) claims about election fraud, Republican voters won't want to vote for Republican candidates in future elections pic.twitter.com/PnL8e0xo6w
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
3. Trump explains how a politician repeating lies creates disinformation
During a speech that will keep fact-checkers busy, Trump explained disinformation in a way that seems to perfectly describe why he traveled to Arizona to repeat his "Big Lie" about election fraud.
He’s giving away his secret. Trump has done this for getting on six decades. https://t.co/fEIWkjskhX— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1627173131.0
2. Trump describes his unconstitutional fantasy of being reinstated as president
Trump suggests he'll be returned to office following state-level audits of the 2020 election (he won't be returned to office) pic.twitter.com/K2hOpfvqr9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2021
1. Trump gaslights America by lying about his attacks on democracy and voters
Of the many lies Trump told, one of the most absurd had to be his claim that, "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy."
TRUMP: "I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy— I am the one trying to save American democracy." https://t.co/alCmrZHZ3t— Benny (@Benny) 1627171476.0
Months before the 2020 election, Donald Trump began questioning the legitimacy of the vote, repeatedly claiming that it was impossible for him to lose to Joe Biden.
In October, Trump discussed how it would be psychologically devastating if he were to lose the election, going so far as to say he would be so embarrassed he might have to leave the country in shame.
"Maybe I'll have to leave the country. I don't know." -- Trump on what could happen if he loses to Biden pic.twitter.com/NGrXDwjaSd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2020
Yet Trump did lose the election and began ramping up his lies that he won.
When voters in Georgia went to the polls for the state's runoff elections in January, many Republicans reportedly believed Trump's lies enough to conclude that there was no point in voting.
Trump discussed the situation during his "Big Lie" rally in Phoenix on Saturday.
"And what happened is we had two senators running, a couple of months later, and you know what happened to them? The Republicans said, 'We're not going out to vote, because this was rigged, this election was rigged,'" Trump explained, inadvertently revealing how his lies hurt the GOP at the ballot box.
The loss of the two seats resulted in Democratic Party control of the U.S. Senate.
Trump-loving lawyer L. Lin Wood threatened a boycott of the runoffs on November 21st.
Republicans in Georgia agreed that Trump cost them the election.
"Trump is the cause of this, lock, stock and barrel," said one GOP strategist fumed.
In March, Georgia Republicans warned Trump's ongoing lies could also depress GOP turnout in 2022.
Trump saying Republicans didn’t turn out to vote in senate races in Georgia because they believed the election rigg… https://t.co/B5QkzIYkeA— Acyn (@Acyn) 1627168789.0
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