American Bridge Statement On Trump’s Nomination of Ben Carson As HUD Secretary

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: 

“Just a few weeks ago, Ben Carson admitted he isn’t qualified to serve in the administration. And as HUD Secretary, Carson — who has described public housing as ‘communist’ — would have control over housing policy and the power to shatter the lives of millions of Americans.

“Trump didn’t pick Carson for his policy expertise, so it was probably Carson’s willingness to boost Trump’s real estate interests that sealed the deal. But Carson’s openness to corruption and proclivity for bigotry aren’t qualifications. For once, Ben Carson is right: he has no place in government.”

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American Bridge Statement On Tonight’s GOP Debate

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican debate:

“Tonight’s disaster of a Republican debate began with a shameful exchange of xenophobic immigration policies and quickly devolved into two hours of petty name-calling completely devoid of any substantive  proposals. The candidates on stage tonight proved once again that they’re in no way ready to lead the country, but don’t just take it from us — Senator Lindsey Graham summed it up nicely tonight.”

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Amateurish Foreign Policy Has The GOP Field Failing The Commander-In-Chief Test

If you didn’t know already, Donald Trump was the Grand Marshal at the Israeli Day Parade in New York a couple years back. That’s just about as much foreign policy experience as Rubio or Cruz have, too.

Marco Rubio, the GOP field’s self-declared foreign policy expert, has skipped 60% of all his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings since 2011 while using those committee hearings as the basis of his experience — yet, somehow, the rest of the on-stage candidate’s foreign policy credentials are just as bad.

We learned this fall that Ben Carson was really “struggling to grasp foreign policy,” but he isn’t the only one who comes across as clueless.

Following Donald Trump’s lead, the GOP field has stooped to simplistic notions of proper foreign policy that reject diplomacy as “for the weak,” while glorifying torture and the indiscriminate carpet bombing of civilian-populated areas, a potential war crime. Donald Trump’s “plan” […]

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GOP Will Cut Safety Net Programs Like Social Security, Medicare Out From Under Most Vulnerable

Marco Rubio was hoping to deflect attention on his failure to release his tax returns by talking about his mom’s reliance on Social Security, but that’s another trap for him to walk into.

In reality, Rubio, like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and others, has proven he’s ready to cut these important safety nets out from under the Americans who need them most, if it helps special interests like the Koch brothers. Not one of them has offered substantive solutions — only the same old, tired ideas that have failed the GOP again, and again, and again.

No matter who the Republican nominee is it’s certain that they’ll put millions of seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits at risk:

Ted Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to a premium support system and threaten Social Security by shifting it to private accounts. As a bonus, Cruz would institute means-testing for both Security and Medicare.
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GOP Megadonors Still Have Plenty Of Billionaire-Friendly Tax Plans To Choose From

Wolf Blitzer tried to poke holes in Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio’s tax plans that give massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, but the candidates weren’t interesting in talking about the real world implications like exploding the deficit.

In reality, each of the remaining GOP candidates are touting tax plans that put their big donors over working American families. Their proposals give millionaires and billionaires massively disproportionate after-tax income boosts, while middle class Americans get left behind — add trillions are added to the deficit.

We get that the Koch brothers are nervous because they can’t buy-off Donald Trump and influence his policy positions, but they can rest assured that even his tax plan would work out pretty well for them.

 

Donald Trump, running as a demagogic, fear-mongering “man of the people” is pushing a tax plan that is, well, “great for Donald Trump.”  Here’s the rundown on Trump’s plan, which would […]

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A Smaller GOP Field, But Plenty Of Extreme Anti-Choice Policies & Rhetoric

The GOP field’s been cut down, but it’s still saturated with insidious anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric in an attempt to defund the women’s health organization, and populated by candidates whose oppressive, anti-choice policies match their inflammatory rhetoric.

They aren’t trying to hide it: The Republican field is openly running on a platform of limiting women’s healthcare options.

Donald Trump has said he would defund Planned Parenthood — and he’s characterized the women’s health organization as “an abortion factory.” Trump described the content of the widely discredited videos from the extreme anti-choice Center for Medical Progress as, “people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car.” 
Ted Cruz supports a personhood amendment that could ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest — and potentially go so far as to ban common forms of birth control. Cruz opposed the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, characterizing it […]

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Party Of Trump Delay, Delay, Delays Filling SCOTUS Vacancy

Hugh Hewitt asked Donald Trump about a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominees and he immediately turned to hit Ted Cruz for supporting John Roberts, in what is a dog whistle for conservatives upset over his support for the Affordable Care Act decision.

What’s most striking, though, is that every candidate on stage is a hardline obstructionist, unwilling to even consider that President Obama be able to act on his constitutional responsibility to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

Donald Trump had just one suggestion on filling the Supreme Court vacancy for the already gridlocked Republican-led Senate at the last debate: delay, delay, delay. 

And the Party of Trump has quickly complied.

Marco Rubio, who we already know hates doing his job, encouraged his fellow senators to ignore their constitutional duties in favor of obstructing justice. And there’s little doubt that Ted “shut down the government” Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had a hand in GOP senators’ […]

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GOP Time Machine Takes Presidential Candidates Back to 1950s

Less than 24 hours after signing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio, John Kasich took to the campaign trail this morning and thanked the “women who left their kitchens” to go campaign for him when he ran for state Senate in Ohio. To clarify – Kasich first ran for the Ohio Senate in the late 1970s, not the early 1950s.

Kasich’s comments aren’t surprising given his dismal record on women’s issues. But as Kasich catches heat for his remarks this morning, it’s important to remember that every single GOP presidential candidate has supported policies that would turn back the clock on women’s health. Kasich’s remarks this morning provide a stark reminder that the GOP has become the Party of Trump, and even the so-called “moderate” candidate holds the most extreme views on women’s health:

Donald Trump said he would defund Planned Parenthood, referring to the women’s health organization as “an abortion factory.”

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American Bridge Statement On Tonight’s GOP Town Hall In South Carolina

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on tonight’s Republican town hall in South Carolina:

“Donald Trump won’t have his chance to participate in CNN’s South Carolina town hall until tomorrow night, but tonight Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz did their best to make sure his presence wasn’t missed. Whether it was xenophobic immigration policies, attacks on women’s health, tax plans that would leave hardworking families hanging out to dry, assertions that their fellow Republicans are ‘liars,’ or their own laundry list of departures from the truth, Carson, Rubio and Cruz made it clear that the Republican Party is now the Party of Trump. Look out for more of the same tomorrow as Jeb Bush and John Kasich join the Republican frontrunner on stage.”

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