Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

'We Are the Party of Donald Trump' Proclaims GOP Victor

'We Are the Party of Donald Trump' Proclaims GOP Victor

If the primaries were any indication of what is to be expected in the general election in November, the message is clear: Republican voters want candidates who support Trump.

"He's MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump continued. The scandal became the butt of national jokes because his staff lied about the whereabouts of the then-sitting governor of SC, saying he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was in fact with his mistress in Argentina.

Archie Parnell of Sumter, who almost won the 5th District's seat in the U.S. House for Democrats in a 2017 special election, was left for dead by party leaders in May after news broke that he had physically abused his ex wife in the 1970s.

With 16 percent of the vote in for South Carolina's 1st District, both incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Katie Arrington remain almost tied, with the AP giving both candidates 48 percent. But Tuesday night, Sanford all but conceded the GOP primary.

Arrington, the first-term state lawmaker who defeated him on Tuesday, aired ads that featured clips of Sanford speaking critically about Trump's actions. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Those apostasies came back to haunt Sanford, even though Arrington was also a vocal Trump critic during the 2016 GOP primary.

Asked whether he would consider forming a splinter party with fellow anti-Trump Republican Bob Corker, a Tennessee senator, Sanford declined to give a definitive answer, saying he was focused on the short-term. In between, he served two terms as the state's governor.

On Tuesday night, Sanford called Trump's decision to weigh in on the race "fairly unusual", but nevertheless remained steadfast that he is "neither for nor against Trump". In Alabama, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby is in a July 17 runoff against former congressman Bobby Bright.

Fourth, if many of those endangered Republicans lose, the Trump party left behind will be more radical, nativist, protectionist and irrational (because they blindly follow an irrational president). Harry Reid, and Chris Giunchigliani, who was endorsed by Hillary Clinton and is a woman, which has proven to be a decisive advantage in earlier Democratic contests this year. He is better off in Argentina.

Primary voters in five more states went to the polls Tuesday. "If you criticize the president, you will face the wrath of the Trump voter", said Republican strategist John Feehery, a former congressional aide.

In Sanford, he chose a well-known former governor, who among other criticisms held him partly responsible for a shooting at a congressional baseball practice by stoking national tensions.

To be sure, the president's track record of picking winners and losers in elections is not ideal. And, as a result of that, people who want to get active in office, women who feel a new sense of empowerment, they're picking the Democratic Party. A few sputter indignantly at Trump's various excesses, without, it seems, spending one second wondering whether they might have had any role in getting us here by spending their careers promoting failed ideas.

And in the 3rd District, philanthropist Susie Lee is favored in the Democratic primary, while Republicans could choose Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who dropped his Senate bid at the urging of Trump. After all, candidates backed by Trump (i.e., Luther Strange, Roy Moore, Rick Saccone, Ed Gillespie) also lost.

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