Republican Party

Republicans Are Suppressing Their Own Voters Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A handful of Republicans who've announced a primary challenge of Donald Trump never had a snowball's chance in hell of replacing him, but now they literally won't have a chance to in some cases.

State Republican parties across the country are canceling their primaries so Republican voters who may consider voting for a challenger won't be able to vote.

From Politico:

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans. [...]

The cancellations stem in part from months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the Trump campaign. Aides have worked to ensure total control of the party machinery, installing staunch loyalists at state parties while eliminating potential detractors. The aim, Trump officials have long said, is to smooth the path to the president’s renomination and ensure he doesn’t face the kind of internal opposition that hampered former President George H.W. Bush in his failed 1992 reelection campaign.

Trump aides said they supported the cancellations but stressed that each case was initiated by state party officials.

It's not as if Trump were ever in danger of losing a primary challenge as his approval rating among self-identified Republicans is still very high, but I think this says a lot about the future of the Republican party.

The loyalists and sycophants who idolize Trump will likely remain in politics after Trump is gone and they will ensure that the next generation of GOP candidates are molded in the image of Donald Trump.

Saint Reagan will be replaced (or already has been) by Trump as the figure the next generation of Republicans cite as an inspiration in their lives and that should probably terrify all of us.

If you've been around long enough, you know there have been times where it seemed as if the GOP couldn't possibly get worse, but it always does. Somehow, they find a way to outdo themselves and eventually they'll strive to be more Trumpian than the real Trump is.

The GOP's life after Trump is a bunch of alt-right Nazis and incels that will probably nominate a YouTuber who made a career out of owning the libs.

  • muselet

    Aides have worked to ensure total control of the party machinery, installing staunch loyalists at state parties while eliminating potential detractors.

    So far, so Machiavellian. But then …

    Trump aides said they supported the cancellations but stressed that each case was initiated by state party officials.

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, those would be the same state party officials the Trump campaign have installed.

    Donald Trump is too much of a coward—and a thin-skinned narcissist—to face intra-party opposition, so his flunkies resort to these shenanigans to prevent him from getting his feelings hurt.

    The late and unlamented Robert Mugabe would have been proud.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      It’s in fashion for trumpers to label liberals as “snowflakes” and while this is not a particularly insightful reveal it does bear repeating (and I’m certainly not the first) that trump is THE definitive prima donna snowflake.

  • Username1016

    Somehow I picture Trump as the patron saint of deplorables in the same way that, say, Elliot Rodgers is. Not like Reagan at all.

  • Draxiar

    Or they’ll claim they never heard of this guy called trump…which is what I hope for.
    Does it strike anyone as, yes *sigh*, hypocritical that someone in the DNC states in an email that they want Hillary to win over Sanders with no evidence that had any influence over the primaries and the Republican go freak monkey over “rigged elections” claiming the Democrats are corrupt. Yet the RNC cancels elections four years later.

    It’s Friday, I haven’t had a great week and I just want an escape from the madness.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Does it strike anyone as, yes *sigh*, hypocritical

      Of course it’s hypocritical. Hypocrisy is the ONLY thing the Republicans have.

      So it’s not only hypocritical, it’s entirely expected.