SPICER UNHINGED: White House Continues to Skirt Responsibility for Yemen Failure, Instead Attacks John McCain

Today White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer doubled-down on the success of the raid in Yemen even though the preparation and the results have drawn criticism from Republicans and national security experts. Spicer went so far to say that anyone who criticizes the raid does a disservice to the slain Navy SEAL officer, even Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain, and demanded he apologize.

“With Yemen withdrawing permission for the U.S. to conduct counterterrorism ground missions, the escape of the main al-Qaeda target and the death of a Navy Seal and civilians – how does the Trump administration continue to justify this mission as a success?” questioned American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Video: Sean Spicer Picks Fight with Senator McCain Over Raid in Yemen

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Party Over Principle: Rubio, McCain, And Graham Fold On Tillerson

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham kissing Trump’s ring on Rex Tillerson’s nomination:

“It’s disgraceful — but, ultimately, unsurprising — that the self-marketed anti-Putin and anti-Iran hawks are caving to Trump and now calling for U.S. foreign policy to be dictated by a man who is close friends with Vladimir Putin and who oversaw millions in sales with state sponsors of terrorism while he led ExxonMobil.”

After two weeks of putting on a show of standing up to Trump’s Putin-allied (and honored) secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Senators Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham have each folded and lined up behind Tillerson’s nomination.

Tillerson is so close to Russia that Vladimir Putin personally presented him with the “Russian Order of Friendship” award. And while Tillerson led Exxon, the company lobbied hard against U.S. sanctions on Russia — […]

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John McCain: Master of Partisan Political Obstructionism

Today, CNN reports that John McCain promised to block any Supreme Court nominee Hillary Clinton would put forth should she become president — without even knowing who the nominee might be.

“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” McCain said. “I promise you.”

Just last week, McCain confirmed in a debate that the Senate GOP’s opposition to filling the Supreme Court vacancy was pure political obstructionism, saying that he’d rather have eight justices on the court than work across the aisle to confirm a nominee.

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GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Rather Than Provide Clean Water & Flood Relief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s Senate votes:

“Republicans are threatening to shutdown the government rather than provide clean water to familiies in Flint, Michigan, or offer flood relief to Louisianans who lost their homes and belongings only weeks ago. The GOP continues to prove they can’t get the job done when they’re in charge, adding to the burden on American families in order to play politics with women’s health care. Americans are sick of the Trumpian bullying. There’s no chance of redemption for the vulnerable GOP senators as they attempt to fight for re-election after threating to close the government (again) and voting to hurt working families.”

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Why is John McCain still supporting this goon?

Donald Trump last night gave a flamethrowing speech on mass deportations and building a physical wall along the Southern border. Trump’s immigration plan would rip apart Latino families, deport 11 million undocumented workers and families, and start a trade war with Mexico.

What did John McCain have to say to the presidential candidate he supports and is open to campaigning with? NOTHING, which means he sees nothing wrong with Trump’s inhumane immigration plans.

From Trump’s attacks on a Gold Star family to an outright religious ban on Muslims, McCain has stood shoulder to shoulder with Trump.

Not only is John McCain ineffective for Arizona he’s threatening our economic and national security by continuing to support Donald Trump.

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MEMO: Three Examples That McCain Is No Longer A Maverick

Primary Day is over in Arizona, but John McCain can’t rest easy. Three decades in Washington have changed Senator McCain — and Arizona knows it. McCain has morphed in to a partisan senator who does what is most politically expedient instead of representing his constituents. Arizona deserves a senator, who’s going to be strong, stand up and protect what’s important for the people of the Grand Canyon State. 

The “maverick” who worked across the aisle is long gone, replaced by a party loyalist who puts the GOP before the USA. While that attitude helped him win tonight, the general electorate won’t be so easily fooled.  McCain has abandoned his bipartisan immigration reform efforts, back peddled on earmarks, and repeatedly supported the nativist, xenophobic Trump.

Take a look at how McCain has traded Arizona for Washington partisanship:

McCain has abandoned his immigration reform principles. 

After working with the Gang Of Eight on Comprehensive Immigration Reform that passed the […]

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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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​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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Trump’s Crusade Against Gold Star Family Draws Widespread Condemnation–But Not From Elected Republicans

As Donald Trump continues to attack the family of slain United States Army Captain Humayun Khan, outrage from non-partisan veterans’ organizations and military support groups continues to mount. Organizations representing veterans and veterans’ families are calling on Trump to apologize for his outrageous crusade against the Khans.

Remarkably, the number of Republicans who will no longer support him following his attack on military families stands at a grand total of zero. This has apparently changed nothing in the minds of Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Roy Blunt, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, or Paul Ryan who still support Trump after he chose to disparage Gold Star families rather than demonstrate a reverence for their sacrifice.

Politico: VFW rips Trump’s ‘out-of-bounds’ attack on Khan family

Washington Post: ‘We’ve never been challenged this way’: Military support groups demand respect for Khan family

CNN: VFW slams Trump, Gold Star families demand apology

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