More Governors Back Away From Trump And His Racism — But Not Pat McCrory

Republican governors from across the country — e.g., Scott WalkerCharlie BakerLarry HoganBill HaslamJohn KasichRick SnyderSusana MartinezBruce RaunerDennis Daugaard — are declining to endorse Donald Trump, the GOP’s racist and misogynistic conspiracy-theorist-in-chief.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory? Not so much. Pat McCrory’s still all in for Donald Trump — and even helping him raise money.

On Tuesday, McCrory Gave Trump a boost by making an appearance at one of his fundraisers. And apparently McCrory made quite the impression on Trump. At a rally later that evening, Trump praised Governor McCrory as a “great governor” who’s “doing a fantastic job.”

Sounds about right — if Trump means McCrory’s doing a bang-up job of enabling and normalizing Trump’s bigotry, misogyny, and racism. 

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Trump Rolls The Competition, Marches On Toward Nomination

After Trump’s dominating performance last week in New York, he’s on track to secure commanding victories against Ted Cruz and John Kasich across five states tonight and head into Indiana next Tuesday with a majority of wins under his belt. The hastily arranged Cruz-Kasich alliance, which neither candidate seems intent on following too closely, might be too little, too late for the anti-Trump forces to stave off another delegate-rich win for Trump. Even then, there are signs that Trump is the second choice candidate for both Cruz and Kasich supporters, meaning this effort could all be futile.

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican primary results:
“Donald Trump has secured another sweeping series of victories this evening, taking the “Republican front-runner” tag a few steps closer to becoming the ‘presumptive nominee.’ While the Republican establishment still seek out Ted Cruz as an alternative at their pipe-dream contested […]

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Cruz And Kasich: Please Support Us, Your Third-Choice Candidates

There are (at least) two serious problems with the Cruz-Kasich Plan to divy up remaining states in an attempt to hold Donald Trump below a majority of delegates — beyond the fact that it’s too little, far too late:

It plays into Trump’s message that the Republican primary is “rigged” against him and his supporters. The publicly touted Cruz-Kasich alliance only gives credibility to Trump’s claim that establishment Republicans are conspiring against him — because now they explicitly are.

Trump is actually the prevailing second choice among both Cruz and Kasich voters, according to a recent national Quinnipiac University poll. The Cruz-Kasich plan might very well backfire by propelling Trump to even larger wins in the remaining states.

So, Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s “master plan” requires them to convince voters to support their third-choice candidate — i.e., Kasich or Cruz, as the case may be — all while trying to sell Trump’s own base […]

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Trump Supporter John Kasich Is No Moderate

John Kasich this morning intends to juxtapose “Two Paths” for America; his, of “optimism,” and Donald Trump’s “path to darkness.” Kasich seems to think he has a lofty and pure moral standing over Trump just because he hasn’t repugnantly mocked another candidate’s wife on Twitter.

Good for him — but John Kasich is no better than Donald Trump. Kasich’s “zero chance” quip ruling out a run as Trump’s VP means nothing. Because so long as John Kasich refuses to revoke his support for Trump as the GOP nominee, Kasich is enabling Trump and his xenophobia and misogyny.

John Kasich continues to tolerate and accept Trump at his worst rhetorically, and he’s just as right-wing as Trump when it comes to policy:

Extreme anti-choice positions: As governor of Ohio, Kasich has “signed and supported some of the most stringent anti-abortion legislation in the country.” Kasich signed 16 antiabortion measures between 2011 and 2015, including a […]

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Anti-Choice Group Backs Anti-Choice Extremist Cruz Over Equally Anti-Choice Trump

Ted Cruz supports overturning Roe v. Wade and banning all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, so it’s no surprise he just got endorsed by hardline anti-choice National Right to Life’s political action committee.

Cruz was last week quick to criticize Trump over his egregious support for “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions. But the truth is Cruz’s extreme anti-women’s health views are no less radical  than Trump’s own — or those of the Republican Party, more generally.

“[W]e shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity,” said Cruz. But just like Trump, Cruz wants to outlaw abortion — and he’d do so without exceptions for rape or incest.

Cruz is as extreme as Trump on women’s health — if not worse. Like John Kasich, Trump, and much the rest of the Republican Party, Cruz is hellbent on overturning Roe v. Wade and defunding Planned […]

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Three Months Away, The RNC’s Already Off The Rails

It’s happening,” said conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Sunday of a contested Republican convention. RNC Chair Reince Priebus is promising a transparent, fair process should Trump fail to reach the 1,237, resulting in a contested convention, but other establishment figures are simultaneously outlining a strategy to undermine Trump — and potentially even Ted Cruz — at the convention. And things could get even crazier. As RNC Chair Reince Priebus pointed out this morning in an interview with Hewitt, a vice presidential nomination vote could come to the floor at the convention, too: “I do think it’s curious that…people aren’t talking about the vote for VP. It could be quite amazing if that were to happen…It’s just a free vote.”

Meanwhile, Trump and his allies are promising a combative floor fight and a turbulent aftermath should Trump end up getting slighted. And that’s no idle threat. Remember:  Read more after the jump.

GOP “Silent” As Trump Admits The Party’s Extreme Anti-Women’s Health Agenda

Donald Trump explicitly verbalized decades of Republican anti-choice dog whistles yesterday when he abhorrently endorsed not just overturning Roe v. Wade and banning abortion, but also the extreme idea that there “has to be some form of punishment” for women seeking abortions.

It was shocking to hear Trump confess the Republican agenda outright, but his more honest brand of rhetoric is fully compatible with the anti-choice and anti-women’s health policies that Republicans — including John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and just about any GOP senator you can think of — have been advocating for years.

That’s why the GOP was “silent” yesterday.

Trump wasn’t artful in his characterization of his and the Republican Party’s extreme, anti-women’s health platform, but there’s no denying Republicans agree with Trump’s view that women shouldn’t have the autonomy to make their own health decisions or access to a full range of health care options.

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Shocked By Trump? Entire GOP Field Takes Party’s Extreme Position On Women’s Health

Donald Trump’s backwards views on women’s health are no secret — he’s already pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and referred to the organization that provides millions of women with safe and affordable health care as “an abortion factory.” And today, when pressed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Trump said: “There has to be some form of punishment” for women seeking abortions.

As the GOP’s front-runner articulates alarming ideas aimed at limiting a women’s right to make her own health care decisions, it’s important to remember that this is the position held by the entire GOP field.
The Republican Party has made no bones about their plan to repeal Roe v. Wade, and Trump is simply articulating what the rest of the field will not: that the extreme proposals supported by the Republican Party will have serious consequences for women.

“Make no mistake about it — this is today’s Republican Party,” said Jessica Mackler, President of […]

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Donald Trump Is The Only One To Reject RNC Pledge

Don’t be fooled by the GOP’s grandstanding — everyone, from presidential candidates to vulnerable incumbent senators, is still #EventuallyTrump.

Cruz and Kasich toed the #EventuallyTrump line at last night’s CNN town hall by not explicitly saying they will still support the Republican nominee as did Trump. As presidential and senate candidates alike bend over backwards to avoid saying that their party won’t converge to support the eventual GOP nominee, presumed nominee Donald Trump is the only one who has ripped up his pledge to support whoever the party chooses.

Even this morning, Cruz surrogate Scott Walker said he’s confident he and the other candidates, including Cruz and Kasich, will ultimately support the GOP nominee.

This is the worst case scenario for RNC Chair Reince Preibus. In a December poll, 68 percent of Trump supporters said they’d follow him if he launches a third-party bid in the general — a threat he still has on the table […]

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The GOP Field Stands By Trump’s Advocacy Of Hatred And Violence

The only thing that would keep Ted Cruz from supporting the GOP’s fear-mongering bigot-in-chief Donald Trump is if the racist promoter of violence were to “go out on 5th Avenue and shoot somebody.”

Trump started using xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric months ago. He’s only escalated things since then, and has now begun inciting his supporters to physically and verbally assault protesters. But none of that has caused the rest of the Republican field to meaningfully denounce him.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich have each cowardly refused to revoke their support for his candidacy — and that means they’re standing by the xenophobia, hatred, oppression, and violence he’s promoting.

Here’s a sample of Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich’s political cowardice:

Ted Cruz:

The “criticism”

“When you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nastiness.”

The statement of […]

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