“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party.” These words were spoken by former Republican House Speaker John Boehner recently at a policy conference. These types of statements are becoming more common as the current party in power moves further away from what many now leaving the party describe as what they think the GOP should stand for. Despite the deviation from their prior beliefs, the GOP.com website still states “Family Values” at the top of the website.
We all remember when Donald Trump and many Republicans in Congress gave their full support to Roy Moore, a man who was accused of inappropriate contact and even sexual assault of young girls, when he was running for Senator of Alabama. Following that debacle, it is clear that the GOP can no longer accurately call itself the family values party. Corey Stewart, who refers to himself as a Confederate symbols defender (which is a nice way of saying he is a white supremacist and anti-Semite), just won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia.
Following the announcement of Stewart’s primary victory, Republican strategist Brian Walsh tweeted “Can we just skip past the part where the media focuses on all the idiotic, racist & embarrassing things Corey Stewart will say & do the next five months and just acknowledge Tim Kaine won his re-election tonight. And he has Stewart voters to thank for it.” Sorry Brian, but your party made their choice. Republicans in Virginia fear Stewart’s history will lead to lower Republican voter turnout, which would ultimately hurt down ballot Republicans. Perhaps they will realize that bad things happen when you nominate bad candidates.
In other primary news concerning less than desirable Republicans, pimp Dennis Hof, owner of multiple legal brothels in Nevada, beat the incumbent James Oscarson in the GOP primary for state Legislature. In typical “Family Values” fashion, Hof celebrated the win by partying with Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss. In a couple months, Republicans in Arizona will vote in their primary to decide if Joe Arpaio, the convicted criminal and recipient of a pardon from Trump, will be their nominee for the United States Senate. If this truly now is a “Trump party” perhaps the acronym GOP should now stand for Granter of Pardons.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.