The interesting and strong feelings that Americans have about former President Donald Trump have had some interesting and disturbing results.
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Trump has a strong conservative base, especially among Christians, while at the same time there are some Republicans who back other candidates.
It has long been a political practice to subversively attack the opposing party in discreet ways before a general election.
One way to do this is to financially support candidates in the opposing party that are thought to be weaker, and easy to beat in the final election, neutralizing the possibly stronger opposing candidate.
Now there are reports that Democrats are utilizing this method in the months leading up to the Republican primaries
With the Democratic thought that supporting Trump-endorsed candidates to win their primaries will result in a polarized election, and that then an ‘anti-Trump’ campaign during the general election will ensure Democratic wins, some Democrats are thinking this is the strategy to embrace.
It is being reported that the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) made substantial ad buys to support more conservative Republican candidates endorsed by Trump in primaries.
The DGA promoted Dan Cox, the eventual Republican nominee for governor of Maryland, while the DCCC reportedly made a substantial ad buy to promote a primary challenger to Republican Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan, one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol building.
The Hill notes that “Seeking to smooth incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s path to a second term in the governor’s mansion, Democrats also spent heavily to influence the GOP primary in favor of Darren Baily, a right-wing state senator who once introduced a bill to split Chicago and the rest of Illinois into two different states.”
Baily was endorsed by Trump.
Kari Lake, the Trump-endorsed candidate for governor in Arizona is another example.
The Hill states,” In recent weeks, Democrats have more aggressively sought to boost Lake and weaken [opposing candidate] Robson hoping that, if Lake wins the nomination on Aug. 2, she’ll ease Democrats’ path to victory in a state that has become increasingly competitive in recent years.”
Doug Mastriano is a Trump supporter and nominee for GOP candidate for governor in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro was not facing any opposition himself, but The Hill reported, “Shapiro spent nearly $1 million during the primary highlighting Mastriano’s views, including his support for Trump and belief that the 2020 election was stolen from the former president. In all, that’s more than twice what Mastriano’s campaign spent on its own advertising.”
Some Democrats are on board with this idea.
Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, defended the practice.
“I think sometimes it does make sense,” he said during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
But many Democrats are criticizing their own party for meddling in Republican primary elections to promote candidates backed by former President Donald Trump.
“I’m disgusted that hard-earned money intended to support Democrats is being used to boost Trump-endorsed candidates, particularly the far-right opponent of one of the most honorable Republicans in Congress, @RepMeijer,” Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota posted on Twitter.
I’m disgusted that hard-earned money intended to support Democrats is being used to boost Trump-endorsed candidates, particularly the far-right opponent of one of the most honorable Republicans in Congress, @RepMeijer. Another reason to reform our broken campaign finance system. https://t.co/hhKYcLVmxk
— Dean Phillips 🇺🇸 (@deanbphillips) July 26, 2022
“No race is worth compromising your values in that way,” Democratic Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy told Politico.
“Democrats, who want you to believe they are dedicated to protecting democracy, are meddling in a primary to oust one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after Jan 6th,” former Democratic congressional candidate Krystal Ball tweeted.
Democrats, who want you to believe they are dedicated to protecting democracy, are meddling in a primary to oust one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after Jan 6th. https://t.co/OSrlHWRTew
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) July 26, 2022
Other Democrats also called out the decision in interviews with media outlets, with some pointing out the risks involved in such meddling, Daily Caller reports.
“I just really worry about promoting election deniers and this idea that we’re going to be able to control what voters want at the end of the day,” Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal told Politico.
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“I think it’s always a bad idea to let people win a primary who could be extremely dangerous if they won,” Democratic state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of New Hampshire told Fox News. “And believe me, in the political world of today, anything can happen and usually does.”
“I think it’s very dangerous and potentially very risky to elevate people who are hostile to democracy,” Democratic strategist Howard Wolfson told The Washington Post. “Either this is a crisis moment or it isn’t. And if it is — which it is — you don’t play cute in a crisis.”
Maloney, Ball, D’Allesandro, Phillips and Wolfson, as well as the DCCC and DGA, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Some Democrats are noting that it is a dangerous game to assume Trump candidates will be easy to beat, and could backfire on Democrats if their perception of voter’s view on Trump is the opposite of what they perceive.