​#SpinelessGOP: Vulnerable Senators Heller and Flake Duck and Hide

Heads Buried in the Sand, Flake and Heller Dodge Town Halls

As voters across the country demand public meetings with Republican elected officials, two of the GOP’s most vulnerable Senators, Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, have buried their heads in the sand in hopes that their constituents won’t catch on to Donald Trump and the GOP’s dangerous agenda.

In recent weeks, Heller’s office has been flooded with phone calls from angry constituents, while Flake claims that he’s been “too busy” in Washington to schedule a town hall with voters.

Well, the two Senators are on recess now, and yet both have failed to schedule a single public town hall. It’s time for them to do their jobs.

Statement by American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Americans have tough questions for their elected representatives, from the GOP’s plan to strip 32 million Americans of their health care to Donald […]

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#SpinelessGOP: The 5 D’s of Dodge (Town) Hall

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and… Dodge

As congressional recess kicks off this week, more than 200 Republicans — who should be spending time meeting with voters in their home states — will be dodging town halls and running scared from their constituents. It’s a little game called dodge (town) hall.

It’s a simple game really: Republicans dodge, duck, dip, dive, and… dodge their constituents’ questions about Donald Trump’s scandal-plagued administration and his extreme agenda and only the American people stand to lose.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the #SpinelessGOP choose to play games during recess instead of doing their jobs — it’s a bold strategy, GOP, let’s see if it pays off (it won’t).

Here are just a few examples from this week’s headlines:

Vox: Donald Trump: Republican members of Congress only represent “Republican people” in their districts

Washington Post: GOP finds […]

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Flake Comes Out Against an Independent Investigation on Trump’s Russia Ties

FLAKE: “I don’t think a special committee is needed. I think the standing committees can do it just fine.”

FLAKE: “I hope the White House can move ahead as well and put this behind them. It sounds like they have… I think they’re going to put it behind them.”

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jeff Flake said there is no need for an independent investigation into Donald Trump’s troubling ties to Russia. The American people deserve the answers that can only come from an independent, non-partisan investigation that fearlessly follows the facts about the Trump campaign and administration’s ties to Russia.

Trump’s ties to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have been causing a major headache for Republicans across the country, but Flake may be one of the only politicians who thinks the Trump administration has “put this behind them.”

The American people are calling on Congress to launch an investigation into […]

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Scared of Town Halls, Dean Heller Hides Behind His Telephone

Dean Heller is running scared — he hasn’t held a town hall in Nevada this year, and hasn’t held a public event in Nevada in weeks.

Instead of defending his embrace of Trump’s dangerous agenda, his staff has refused to even pick up the phone for concerned constituents. Last night Heller came out of hiding to talk to his constituents for the first time in weeks — in a telephone town hall that wasn’t publicly announced, where questions were screened and reporters weren’t invited. “There doesn’t appear to be any effort on the Senator’s part to let constituents know,” a constituent wrote on Facebook.

But judging by the people who were on the line, the results weren’t pretty:

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Republicans cower in fear of their constituents

Around the country, Republicans are running scared from their constituents because they know their dangerous “Trump First” policies are opposed by mainstream Americans.

Whether it’s stripping away health care from 32 million Americans, giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, or supporting Donald Trump’s autocratic rule that is making our country less safe, Republicans are afraid of their constituents holding them accountable.

Unfortunately for Republicans, it’s only week two of Donald Trump’s presidency and Republicans won’t be able to duck their constituents’ accountability forever. Republican lawmakers need to stop hiding and face their constituents since things are set to only get worse for the American people.

Examples of some of the Republicans who have fled or refused to meet with their constituents:

Rep. Dave Brat (VA): “The women are in my grill no matter where I go.”

Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA)

Rep. Mike Coffman (CO)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA)

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Bannon to 2018 GOP Senate Candidates: I’m In Charge

Another day, another sign Trump is empowering white nationalist Steve Bannon with a growing role in the White House. Bannon’s latest power play? Laying down the law to Sen. Mitch McConnell and any Republican thinking about running for Senate in 2018. America First, the pro-Trump Super-PAC, is ramping up to “direct fire on congressional Republicans who defy Trump’s agenda.”

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Apparently, Senate Republicans’ rubber stamp for Trump’s extreme and xenophobic agenda isn’t enough. Steve Bannon has laid down the law: If Senators and Senate candidates don’t march in lock step with Trump, they will be punished. Trump and Bannon want a puppet Congress and are promising to campaign for one. This is how authoritarianism begins.”

Read more from BuzzFeed News.

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“Great Pick!” — David Duke

Republicans who are praising the racist misfits that Donald Trump is picking for his Cabinet are in good company. Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke thinks that Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn in the White House and Jeff Sessions down the street as Attorney General are all “Great!”

Why does a racist white supremacist think Donald Trump is surrounding himself with the right men?

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General: Said “Be careful what you say to white folks” to an African American lawyer. (And much more.)

Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor: Islam is a “cancer” and a “political ideology,” not a religion.

Steve Bannon, chief strategist: Jewish kids are “whiny brats.”

Mike Pompeo, CIA director: Said Muslim leaders were “complicit” in Boston Marathon bombings.

Trump is stacking his administration with like-minded white nationalists and all the wrong people are […]

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Trump’s Attorney General Nominee Shares His Racism

“What do you have to lose?” was Donald Trump’s appeal to African Americans throughout his campaign. As we knew then, the answer is “Everything.”

With Trump’s first nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, Trump confirmed that he doesn’t stand on the side of African American communities. Like Trump, Sessions has a long and documented history of racism– racism so brutally repugnant that it prevented Sessions from being confirmed to the U.S. District Court.

Sessions also supported Trump’s ban on Muslims and is behind Trump’sxenophobic and nationalistic anti-immigrant policies. Building the wall was just the rallying cry for a deportation force that would rip up working families.

Republican senators now need to decide if Trump and Session’s overt racism is what is needed in an Attorney General.

 

Read more about Trump’s Attorney General nominee’s penchant for racism:

Jeff Session’s History Of Racism

In 1986, Sessions was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. District Court […]

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