First Day of Recess Town Halls Spell Trouble For #SpinelessGOP

On the first day of recess town halls, House and Senate Republicans faced a barrage of phone calls, protests outside their offices, and tough questions at packed town halls about the GOP’s radical agenda for America and Donald Trump’s chaotic first month as president.

Instead of doing their jobs and answering reasonable questions about their agenda, Republican Senators and Congressmen are ducking their own voters — who will be sure to remember next November.

Here’s what Spineless Republicans are up to when they should be answering their constituents questions…

Hundred Rally To Protest Deb Fischer’s Endorsement of Betsy DeVos.

Protesters Outside Jeff Flake’s Office Want Him to Defend His Support For Donald Trump and Repealing Obamacare.

Constituents Faced Technical Difficulties at Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Town Hall, Which Ended Abruptly.

Protests Outside Of Scott Taylor’s Town Hall in Virginia Beach.

Iowan Tells […]

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Pence Punts On Endorsing Trump-Backer Paul Ryan’s Speaker Bid

Speaker Paul Ryan has been a steadfast Donald Trump supporter, sticking with the Trump-Pence ticket throughout Trump’s calls for mass-deportation, mocking of veterans and people with disabilities, endorsements of torture and racial profiling, and even Trump’s bragging about sexual assault.

It seemed as though Paul Ryan couldn’t lose any more dignity — until now.

Asked several times whether he believed Ryan should be re-elected as Speaker of the House, Mike Pence punted — refusing to give Ryan, who’s squandered all of his credibility on backing Trump and Pence, so much as a vote of confidence.

There are plenty of Republicans who have disgraced themselves in standing by and defending Trump — Mitch McConnell certainly comes to mind — but has anyone done more self-inflicted damage as Paul Ryan?

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Voters Already Rejected Republican Policies In Trump’s Speech

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Donald Trump’s GOP policy speech in Gettysburg, PA:

“Donald Trump must not have been paying attention to what he’s proposed over the last year because his Gettysburg speech only rehashes the old, tired Republican policies that voters are already rejecting. It can’t be more clear that Donald Trump and the Republican Party are one in the same — before, during, and after this election. Trump is simply putting a new bow on old Republican ideas from the very DC insiders he campaigns against — Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Washington Republicans — that will hurt our middle class and working families.

“The only new policy Trump announced today is that he’s going to sue the women he sexually assaulted, something Ryan, McConnell, and Washington Republicans support as long as they blindly support him to be president.”

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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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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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No Big Deal! The GOP Is Just Less United Than Ever

Tonight, Donald Trump should be doing a victory lap, celebrating the GOP nomination, and bringing together the party to win. Instead, no matter how many times he insists that Ted Cruz’s refusal to endorse him last night was “no big deal!” the story coming out of the Republican Trump National Convention will be that the party is less united than ever.

History will remember the 2016 RNC as the year that the Humpty Trumpty finally broke the GOP into pieces and gave a voice to its most extreme, red-meat base. Even their unadulterated hate for the other party wasn’t enough — all of Reince’s men can try, but they can’t put the Republican Party back together again in time for November.

Here’s what will go down in history from the convention”

A “rigged system” against rules fights:

lots of booing:

and of course “vote your conscience”:

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Day Two: “Make America Unemployed Again”

After a year-long fiasco of a campaign with little more sophistication than a third grade student council contest, it’s no surprise that the kick off of the Republican Trump National Convention was another clown car of chaos, featuring a heated rules fight and even some plagiarism. The GOP’s disunity is on full display, instead of “Making American Safe Again,” the theme of the night seemed to be “Make America Isolated Again.”

Day two’s “theme” is “Make America Work Again,” but with Donald Trump at the helm it would be better named “Make America Unemployed Again.” Trump staked his campaign on his financial savvy and business record — a record he built by outsourcing and conning small business owners, single parents, seniors, and everyday working Americans out of their hard-earned money.

In addition to Trump’s unethical deals and sketchy business connections, economists predict that his policies will devastate the American […]

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American Bridge Statement On Donald Trump’s Attack On The President’s Loyalty

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s suggestion that President Obama puts the interests of our enemies over those of the American people:

“Whether with racism, misogyny, or shameless fear-mongering, Donald Trump continues to prove he’s fundamentally unfit to be commander in chief. Trump yesterday insinuated that the president was complicit in terrorist activity. Now, Donald Trump is questioning President Obama’s loyalty outright — suggesting that he prioritizes the interests of our enemies over those of the American people. It’s an unconscionable and ridiculous claim, and a notion that’s wildly irresponsible and dangerous, approaching treasonous. Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disgrace themselves by standing by Trump and his unsubstantiated and deeply offensive attacks on the President’s integrity.”

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Hewitt to Reince: Step Up And Push Trump Out

This morning, Hugh Hewitt summed up the state of Donald Trump’s campaign: “The ice has formed over the river.”

Hewitt called on the Republican National Committee to, “Step-in and step-up and go see Donald Trump and talk to him about getting out of the race.”

Sorry Hugh, but Reince’s high praise of Trump’s speech last night coupled with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell resolutely standing by Trump despite his hurling racist invective at Judge Curiel demonstrates that the GOP has already completed its metamorphosis into the Party of Trump.

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Republicans Tear Into Donald Trump After Racist Attacks On Judge Curiel

GOP leaders in the media are up in arms after Donald Trump re-upped his attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not preside over the Trump University case because of his Mexican Heritage. Governor John Kasich, Senator Jeff Flake and Erick Erickson joined a chorus of Republicans infuriated by Trump’s remarks.

Unfortunately for GOPers up for re-election in 2016, playing dumb is no excuse. Just as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski pointed out this morning — racist demagoguery is nothing new from Trump. And at the end of the day Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Mark Kirk, Ron Johnson, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and countless other Republicans will still cast their ballots for Trump.

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