American Bridge Launches New Site: CrazyThingsRepublicansSay.com

Today, American Bridge 21st Century is launching a new website called CrazyThingsRepublicansSay.com. The site focuses on the fall back lines of the vulnerable GOP senate candidates who continue to stand behind Donald Trump despite his dangerous policies, racist and bigoted attacks on Americans, and unpredictable temperament unfit for a Commander-in-Chief.

The site includes excuses by Senators Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Richard Burr, John McCain, Ron Johnson, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Congressman Joe Heck and Scott Brown. CrazyThingsRepublicansSay.com is an ongoing project and will be updated regularly.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“The entire GOP field continues to squirm every time they’re asked about their nominee Donald Trump, but at the end of the day, they want Trump to lead our country. Rubio, Ayotte, Portman, Burr, McCain, Johnson, McConnell, and Brown have all been given ample opportunity to reject Trump — he’s attacked a […]

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Pence Held Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds Hostage to Push His Political Agenda

Congress must ensure that a catastrophe of nature does not become a catastrophe of debt for our children and grandchildren.”

That’s then-Rep. Mike Pence in 2005, fearmongering about the federal debt as justification for his efforts to hold Hurricane Katrina relief funding hostage so he could push for Medicare spending cuts and other goals on his political agenda.

It’s telling what Pence did — or didn’t do — when he had a chance to help people in the wake of a natural disaster. When it came down to it, Pence decided his political agenda was more important than helping people in Louisiana who had lost everything; he unapologetically tried to hold essential relief funding hostage so he could go after equally crucial earned benefits that millions of American seniors rely on.

Pence’s actions in the wake of Katrina are a cautionary tale of how a Trump-Pence administration would act in the wake of […]

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Donald Trump Brings White Nationalist-Inspired Hate Show To Iowa

To cap off a week of lying to voters about softening his plans to mass deport immigrants and defending his campaign’s support from white nationalists, Donald Trump is joining Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley and Steve King today in Iowa for a campaign rally.

Trump has a history of racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic comments — the campaign even cited a hate group in their first ad of the general election — so it’s no surprise that his campaign doubled down on the support he’s enjoyed from white nationalists and neo-Nazis with his hire of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon.

Today’s rally promises more of the same. Make no mistake about it — Trump isn’t pivoting. He’s said he won’t change, and he’ll continue to hurl racist insults and push for nativist and xenophobic immigration policies.

With his visit to Iowa, Donald Trump is attempting to hold on to one of the […]

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Chuck Grassley Stumps For Trump’s Campaign Of Hate, Bigotry and Racism

Chuck Grassley is now in the tightest race in his career, and as his poll numbers continue to plummet, he’s increasingly harder to find in state. Grassley skipped out on an Iowa tradition this month when he refused to appear at the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Editorial boards and voters alike have noticed that the Senator who, in the past has been lauded for his accessibility, has become completely absent.

Chuck Grassley is coming out of hiding this weekend — to join his friend Donald Trump at Joni Ernst’s Roast & Ride. Grassley has been working behind the scenes to obstruct the confirmation of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and hold the seat open for a potential Trump nominee, so it’s no surprise that he’s making a public appearance to stump with Trump.

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Congressman Joe Heck May Cringe But Still Supports Trump

Donald Trump is wrapping up another week of headline making gaffes in Nevada today. In just the past week, The Donald has made news for“hardening” his stance on immigration, insulting and then asking African Americans “what the hell do you have to lose” by voting for him, and inexplicably calling Hillary Clinton a “bigot.”

Trump’s campaign is barely surviving after another shake-up — going from crisis to crisis instead of pushing out realistic policy agendas. Yet, Congressman Joe Heck is still supporting Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief.

Heck may cringe at taking questions about Trump, but there is no denying that Heck is standing behind the GOP nominee. And Heck doesn’t just think Trump is the best person to hand the nuclear codes to — he agrees with Trump’s policies on much more. Take a look:

Both opposed birthright citizenship
Use the term “anchor babies”
Denied the existence of climate change
Opposed marriage […]

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Trump’s Staff Of The “Best People” Now Include Bridgegate Plotter

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he only hires the very best people. Apparently he considers Chris Christie’s disgraced former campaign manager and deputy chief of staff one of those people. The Trump campaign has hired Bill Stepien as a National Field Director. Christie claimed to be disturbed by  Stepien’s “callous indifference” in hatching the “Bridgegate” scandal, concerns apparently not shared by the Trump campaign.

Background:

Bill Stepien’s Role In Bridgegate

Stepien Was Central Christie Aide In Government And Campaigns

Bill Stepien Was Christie’s Campaign Manager In 2009. According to the Star-Ledger, “And Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien issued a statement late yesterday saying ‘Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie wants to bring real change to Trenton and that comes with ending politics as usual, which this trip has become a symbol of.’” [Star-Ledger, 1/29/09]

Stepien Was Christie’s Campaign Manager In 2013. According to the Record, “‘He took charge and produced a record of accomplishment, bipartisan reforms and steady leadership […]

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​McCain’s Week Of Growling And Denying (Spoiler Alert: All because of Trump)

John McCain has proven he’s no independent maverick, abandoning the title for another one:

Trump loyalist.

While he tries to sell his national security background to voters, he simulatenously denies knowing about Russian connections of Trump’s previous campaign chair, and still close adviser, Paul Manafort. But, as Huffington Post Hill Reporter Amanda Terkel uncovered, McCain’s knowledge of Manafort’s Russian involvement dates back to 2005.

McCain’s awkward navigation of the presidential race aside — it’s clear he’s fully committed to the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. He might occasionally “growl” at reporters when he’s questioned, but voters can only take him at his word. And his word is that he wants Trump as Commander-in-Chief.

McCain should brace himself for more incoming questions on Trump, especially in light of Trump’s new chief executive and alt right hero, Steve Bannon.  (Read more from American Bridge about Trump’s ties to white nationalists here.)

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Here’s The “Nothing” The Justice Dept Found When They Investigated Trump In The 70s

Donald Trump told CNN that the federal government “found nothing” when they investigated the Trump company in 1972 for discriminating against African Americans. But in reality, an investigation showed that Trump’s real estate company refused to rent property to African Americans and employees made special codes like “C” for “colored people.”  The Trumps were even found in contempt of decree and the Justice Department brought back them to court in 1978.

That’s hardly “nothing.”

Once again, Trump is lying about his record of racism.

Background:

1972: Undercover Testers Found Trump’s Real Estate Company Refused To Rent To Black People

Undercover Testers For A Government Investigation Found That Donald Trump’s Real Estate Company Denied Apartments Were Available To A Black Investigator And Offered Two On The Same Day To A White Investigator.  According to Washington Post, “When a black woman asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by […]

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Progress Ohio and American Bridge Launch TrumpScrewedMe.Com In Ohio

Progress Ohio and American Bridge have teamed up to launch DonaldTrumpScrewedMe.com in Ohio to bring to light stories of Ohioans who have been taken advantage of by Donald Trump and his multiple failed business ventures and scams.

The website is being promoted throughout the state through online digital advertisement with an emphasis on Cincinnati, where Donald Trump was sued for racial bias and housing discrimination after he allegedly refused to rent to African American would-be tenants.

Read more on the Cincinnati housing lawsuits and the project from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Pence Meets With White Nationalist-Founded Anti-Immigrant Group

Late last week, Governor Mike Pence met with ProEnglish, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an “active anti-immigrant group,”

ProEnglish was founded in 1994 by John Tanton, a known “white nationalist, according to the SPLC. More recently, the group was led by another white nationalist, Robert Vandervoort, who was before his ProEnglish tenure “the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois.”

 

The connection is noteworthy, given the Trump’s campaign’s increasing alignment with so-called “Alt-Right” racists, and considering Trump’s enjoyed the support of high-profile white nationalists, including former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

In an August 22, 2016 press release, the active anti-immigration reform group describes Pence as “a longtime advocate of official English [i.e., making English the U.S.’s ‘official language],” and praised him for reiterating his support for their movement.

 

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