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Trump Becomes the Democrats’ Sharpest Weapon

Trump Becomes the Democrats’ Sharpest Weapon

“The Party of Trump?”

As we’ve seen for months, the burning question thrown at Republican candidates around the nation has been, “Will you support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee?” Democrats and media alike have worked to tie republican candidates to the newly declared presumptive GOP presidential nominee, who is arguably the most despised political candidate in modern U.S. history.

Unfortunately, 24 GOP Senate seats are up for election in November, many of which the Democrats see as ripe for the plucking. Due in part to the Tea Party effect in 2010, the Democrats are only defending 10 seats. Even worse, as the Huffington Post points out, is the fact that 6 of the Republican senators are in states that President Obama won twice.

The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee has wasted little time, launching its “Party of Trump” campaign back in March. The effort seeks to scorn vulnerable Senate Republicans with their prior remarks, including those promising that they would support the Republican presidential nominee, whoever he or she turns out to be.

Of the 21 Republican Senators running for reelection, more than half said they would support the nominee. This includes Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH), whose spokeswoman confirmed support on Wednesday. Others stating they would do the same include Senators Boozman, Blunt, Grassley, Hoeven, Isakson, Johnson, Kirk, Lankford, McCain, Paul, Scott, Shelby, and Thune.

Senators that have not yet answered, including those that backed other presidential candidates, are Senators Crapo, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, and Toomey. Senate Majoriy Leader Mitch McConnell, who is not facing reelection in November, confirmed his support for Trump on Wednesday evening.

The DSCC released the following ad in March for online circulation. The ad features several of the aforementioned senators expressing their support for the eventual nominee. The statements are interspersed with footage of Trump making controversial remarks. Versions of the ad are now expected to air on television and radio as November nears.

Also working against the senators, as well as Republicans facing elections nationwide, is the fact that Trump’s nomination provides Democrat rivals with a unified narrative of attack capable of being applied to all GOP candidates. The “Party of Trump” label is sure to become political vernacular in the same manner that did “Lying Ted.”

The Democrat challenger to Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) has already put this tactic into practice, releasing the following ad on Monday:

Although the Democrats may not unseat the Republican majority in the House, GOP congressmen will be tasked with either defending or distancing themselves from Trump’s statements about various women, like those excerpted in the anti-Boozman ad. It is statements like these that the Democrat party is so skilled with weaponizing during a political campaign. With Trump’s unfavorability among women hovering between 60 and 70%, Republican candidates in all offices have their work cut out for them.

Disclosure: The author volunteered for the Ted Cruz campaign in her state.

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The left sure does know how to shame, it almost seems like that’s all they can do.

Good thing we still have secret ballots, for a little while at least.

#SortofIguessIfImustTrump

this is what fear looks like…

legalizehazing | May 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

Please don’t give them ANY credibility. You know what is insane? Letting them set the narrative. Giving that crimal Hillary the tiniest acknowledgement. Thinking for a second that the Don is crazier than the depraved insanity another Democratic administration would unleash.

If you can’t mock them. Get the fuck out of the way

    JoAnne in reply to legalizehazing. | May 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Gently reminding you there are grandmothers here. Please don’t use that kind of language.

      Merlin in reply to JoAnne. | May 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Ha! The sweet little old granny living next door has a vocabulary that can wilt the saltiest of sailors. Curses like a Master Chief.

        JoAnne in reply to Merlin. | May 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        This grandmother was raised to keep a civil tongue in her head! Seriously, that word is an ugly word. The English language is one if the richest, most descriptive languages in the world. Why must we resort to that word?

        I’m one of the 12 people who “up-thumbed” JoAnne’s comment — and I’m not even a grandmother. I just think that there’s already enough ugly in the world — no need to gratuitously add to it. Thanks! 🙂

John McCain is a ReTrumpican? No, just a weasel.

    JasonJay in reply to rotten. | May 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

    John McCain is an American military hero who has served his country for decades. It’s moronic statements like yours, against other Americans who don’t fit your asshole-tight definition of political thought, that’s screwing up our nation.

      starride in reply to JasonJay. | May 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

      That may be true 40 years a go but today he is nothing more than a self serving establishment stooge. He and McConnell have needed to be put out to pasture for the last 12 years

      Kauf Buch in reply to JasonJay. | May 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Meghan, is that YOU?!?

      persecutor in reply to JasonJay. | May 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Easy, Jason–if McStain stops short they’ll have a hard time pulling your head out of his butt!

      He was a military ‘hero’ for surviving as a prisoner of war – which he did in last place among other POWs, according to the memoirs written by other POWs. (To his credit, he did refuse to be released for propaganda purposes, but he otherwise folded, and cooperated with the enemy.)

      That McCain has Stockholm Syndrome is understandable – and it explains his backstbabbing rino conduct as a GOP senator.

      Out with him.

    MattMusson in reply to rotten. | May 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I hate my Rino Senator Richard Burr. But – I will hold my nose and vote for him because he beats the alternative.

    Did Richard Burr ever give a speech that did not include the words, “when I played football at Wake Forest” ?

“Disclosure: The author volunteered for the Ted Cruz campaign in her state.”

Still hurting I see.

    Betrayal of conservative values will always hurt.

      Kauf Buch in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | May 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      You mean, “conservative” like
      Ryan
      McConnell
      Boehner
      Graham
      Romney
      McCain
      Dole
      Priebus?!?

      “Betrayal of conservative values will always hurt.”

      Who betrayed them?

      Did you vote for Romney? The signer of the planned parenthood pledge to fully support abortion, the man that praised trump when he wanted his support…

      Did you vote for Bush? The “compassionate conservative”, which we now know means socialism by different name. Is he owned by the Saudi’s?

      John McCain perhaps – contemplated switching to the democrats.

      So, you supported a person that lost the primary and after voting for every non conservative the republican party pushed upon us we’re supposed to think you are a true blue conservative that now you’re hurting?

        So we can guess from this bizarre diatribe that you, Barry, were not so stupid and blind as to vote for McCain and/or Romney and/or Bush? So according to your logic, we have you, personally, to blame for Obama’s presidency.

        It seems to me that one thing that many Trump supporters have in common is their previous refusal to vote for a GOP candidate, yet they can insist that not voting Trump is a vote for Hillary.

        Okay. Trump fans, show of hands, how many of you “voted” for Obama?

          Barry in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

          “So we can guess from this bizarre diatribe that you, Barry, were not so stupid and blind as to vote for McCain and/or Romney and/or Bush? So according to your logic, we have you, personally, to blame for Obama’s presidency.”

          The only “bizarre” is your TDS which causes you to read what is not there.
          I voted for Bush 1 and Bush 2 twice. I voted for McCain even though I hated doing so, for the “good of the country” knowing what obama was. I reluctantly voted for Bush 2 the second time. His opponent was a venomous traitor.

          I did not vote for Romney. I voted for all R’s on everything else leaving the presidential choice blank. My lesson had been learned. The GOP will always try to foist upon us someone that will get along just fine with the left, being that is what they truly are. All the soundbites to the contrary.

          “It seems to me that one thing that many Trump supporters have in common is their previous refusal to vote for a GOP candidate, yet they can insist that not voting Trump is a vote for Hillary.”

          Nowhere will you find me insisting you vote for trump or anyone else. Nor will you find anywhere I have made such an insinuation. Frankly I don’t care who you vote for. I’ve made it very clear that the battle is first with the GOP as they enable everything the leftists do. They must be defeated / reformed first, then we can tackle the commies. You think cruz was the one. I disagree.

          “Okay. Trump fans, show of hands, how many of you “voted” for Obama?”

          Not I. OTOH, do you really want me to go back and dig up all the kind comments from so called conservatives regarding Obama? Do you wish that I recount the fact that the republican party has done zero to counter obama?

          I find it bizarre that you ignore reality – the republican party is and has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the left. The evidence is in their actions.

          So, your candidate, Mr. Cruz didn’t win. My candidate hasn’t won since Reagan, with the exception of Bush 2 the first time. I made a mistake in that.

          You are not at war with Trump, you are at war with the republican voters that are fed up with a party that is no different than, a willing partner of, the left.

    Zachary in reply to Barry. | May 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Sure, it hurts when someone puts time and effort into a campaign and it fails. It is a noble effort, nonetheless, and for you to come by and snipe the author solely based on her previous affiliation shows a lack of civility that doesn’t belong in a rational discussion. Disagree with the content of an article. Have some compassion and dignity and drop the petty personal attacks. Have you noticed the nominee has been chosen already?

      inspectorudy in reply to Zachary. | May 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Say hello to the same gloating insulting Trump supporters who will wonder why no one but the 10% of all voters vote for him. They will insult your beliefs and if they prove to be wrong, why they will just make up lies like Cruz had five mistresses and his dad was an Oswald conspirator. They will smirk and nod their empty heads at the humor of their lies. The obama supporters have done the same thing for 7 1/2 years!

      conservative tarheel in reply to Zachary. | May 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      they need to drive as many people away as possible
      so that Hillary can win and pardon herself ….

      Barry in reply to Zachary. | May 6, 2016 at 1:11 am

      “The anti-Trump demonstrations in Chicago were only a taste of what the leftists are capable of. Trump’s nomination breathes life into their cause, their efforts, and their determination.”
      Taryn O’Neill

      In this article, Trump is receiving the blame for the left organizing against all the GOP. The quote is from the article “Trump is the nominee, what now”.

      As though any republican other than trump would not be getting the same treatment from the left. As evidence I offer the candidacy of romney, McCain, bush 2, bush 1, and Reagan.

      Give me a break. Your all a bunch of lunatic crybabies. No wonder the left is winning.

Kirk has been long gone…it is all over but the voting. His loss will have nothing to do with Trump.

Hmmmm, not a Trump primary voter but this could backfire big time!

FORGET “that face”…look at that LIST!
The vast majority – if not all of them – are pathetic, loser, eunich RINOs!

This really IS a sign of the Democrat’s utter collapse.

David Jolly, from my state, is a crypto Scientologist.

I’m uncomfortable with Scientology and I’ll need to learn more about him and his democrat opponent before I vote to put Scientology in the Senate.

Anyways, he is running away from Trump (which means that the Democrat ads calling him a ReTrumpican are more likely than not to weaken him).

Ragspierre | May 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm

The part I like best is the consistency…

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trump-flip-flops-taxes-wages-he-turns-focus-general-election

Yes, it IS from bsNBC, but the quotes are all T-rump. Hard to get around….

    conservative tarheel in reply to Ragspierre. | May 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    T rump is consistent LOL … consistently non consistent perhaps …
    2 Dems are running for president … the trump mask is coming off
    and more and more you will see what you have bought ..
    enjoy …

buckeyeminuteman | May 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm

When Loretta Lynch was up for confirmation I sent a letter to Sen Portman of Ohio telling him I strongly opposed her and her statements that she sees nothing wrong with Obama’s executive orders on amnesty. I told him I would not vote for him again if he voted to confirm her. He voted to confirm her and sent me a letter back explaining political compromises. I voted for the incumbent Republican in March who ran against him and I fully intend to vote against him in November. I have to live with my own choices that I make everyday, and politicians need to do the same.

Trump’s support from the party will be tied directly to Trump’s support for the party. Now that Trump has become the presumptive nominee we’ll see if he’s willing to support those Republicans down the ticket from him. All those folks who now occupy formerly Democrat seats at the state, county, and local level gained during the 2010 and 2014 midterms. The junior congressmen and senators the GOPe has kept their thumb on. The donors who have the funding that Trump is going to need eventually. The PACs that do the dirty work. The door-to-door canvassers. Simply put, he’s going to need the cooperation of others… some of whom he has pissed off royally.

Nobody really knows who this guy is. Selling himself to the village idiots proved to be rather simple because they demanded no value whatsoever for their votes. The party structure will not pay anything more than lip service in support of Trump unless he does some serious dealing of significant value. There seems to be an awful lot Trump doesn’t know, but he most certainly understands the concept of return on investment. He got the peasant vote for free. Good for him, I guess, but he can’t reach his destination and effectively govern without significant help from our fractured political class. And that will not come free.

Free State Paul | May 5, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Also working against the senators, as well as Republicans facing elections nationwide, is the fact that Trump’s nomination provides Democrat rivals with a unified narrative of attack capable of being applied to all GOP candidates.

Like Cruz wouldn’t have provided a similar unified narrative of attack?

An unlike-able, far-right evangelical scold like Cruz was 100% sure to loose in November, and drag the down-ticket down with him. Trump might end up the same disaster, but then again he might not.

If Trump has a ghost of a chance of winning my deep indigo home state, I’ll hold my nose and vote for him against Shrillary Shrooooooo, who is not only corrupt and a proven incompetent as SecState, but also drips sanctimoniousness. However, if Trump is to be written off here, I’ll probably vote Libertarian or Constitution Party for POTUS, and GOP for Senate and Congress.

As for Cruz, he may have been a far-right Evangelical scold, but he’s a dozen times more likeable than the man-woman-bitch-goddess Leftie scold Shrillary Shroooooooo or the Curmudgeonly Commie Brooklyn Bolshie Boynie.

Free State Paul | May 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

@kepha:

Yes.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | May 5, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Sigh.
Will Dems fund raise on Trump? Well, duh.
Would they do the same if Cruz was the candidate. Of course.

The best any politician can do is to just flout PC rules: support Trump. When criticized “Surely, you don’t support when Trump said ‘XYZ'” just laugh it off. Say “Yes, he says a lot of things”.

By the way, this has worked for the Dems to handle VP Biden. You don’t have to live in their world. You don’t have to play by their “gotcha” rules.

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