[guest post by Dana]
Today is primary day in a number of states. Three of the races involve Republicans who voted to impeach the former president. Thus, Donald Trump took to social media to remind Americans that his own personal witch hunt of the three has absolutely nothing to do with their conservative bona fides but instead his endorsement of their opponents (who support the Big Lie) has everything to with his inability to accept defeat. Still. Loyalty to the Constitution, conservative voting records, and standing on long-held conservative principles continues to mean nothing to the titular head of the GOP. Only loyalty to him matters. A giant man-baby whose feelings got so spectacularly hurt that he continues to seek vengeance. Sadly, many Americans continue to be loyal to this man who doesn’t care about them nor about the governance of America. Instead, what he cares about is getting back at those who rightfully told him NO:
Regarding the Washington state primaries involving Herrera and Newhouse, CNN reports:
Two of Tuesday’s primaries in Washington state represent a key question for the Republican Party: 18 months removed from Donald Trump’s second impeachment, has the GOP anger at party lawmakers who backed the effort subsided?
Primary voters will answer that question for Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, two of the 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats to impeach Trump after the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. In the months since their votes, both have paid the price at home. They have been criticized by their state party, censured by local leaders and challenged by handfuls of Republican challengers.
Herrera Beutler is facing off against a series of opponents who have attacked her for the impeachment vote, including author Heidi St. John, state Rep. Vicki Kraft and retired special forces officer Joe Kent, whom Trump has backed.
Newhouse, likewise, faces a series of Republicans who have hammered him for his vote, including former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler, state Rep. Brad Klippert and vocal election denier Loren Culp, who has been endorsed by Trump.
Also, facing an uphill battle is Rep. Peter Meijer from Michigan’s District 3. He is running against Trump-backed election conspiracist John Gibbs. Meijer published a scathing piece yesterday at Common Sense, in which he lambasted Democrats for cynically subsidizing Gibbs’ campaign . This is Meijer’s description of Gibbs:
Gibbs, a former political appointee in the Trump administration, denies the results of the 2020 presidential election. (“I think when you look at the results of the 2020 election, there are anomalies in there, to put it very lightly, that are simply mathematically impossible,” he said last month in a televised debate.) Gibbs has accused Obama administration officials of taking part in bizarre Satanic rituals. He defended antisemites on his now-locked Twitter account, and has tweeted that Democrats are the party of “Islam, gender-bending, anti-police, ‘u racist!’”
Quite a candidate there, Michigan. More from Meijer:
At the same time, to some in my party, we were Bad Republicans—RINOs at best, traitors at worst. After the impeachment vote, I was immediately censured by two county parties in my old district. In my new district, the Republican Party of the largest county repudiated me a few weeks ago. The Michigan GOP Chair joked about my assassination. There have been too many online threats to count.
Watching this unraveling inside my party has been utterly bewildering. The only thing that has been more nauseating has been the capacity of my Democratic colleagues to sell out any pretense of principle for political expediency—at once decrying the downfall of democracy while rationalizing the use of their hard-raised dollars to prop up the supposed object of their fears.
You can find the voting record of each candidate here.
Also, the Wyoming primary will take place on Aug. 16. Running against Rep. Liz Cheney is Trump-backed Harriet Hageman. While Cheney is trailing Hageman at this point, she is at peace with the very real possibility of losing to her opponent:
“If I have to choose between maintaining a seat in the House of Representatives or protecting the constitutional republic and ensuring the American people know the truth about Donald Trump, I’m going to choose the Constitution and the truth every single day,” she said.
There are, of course, other important votes taking place today, including a post-Roe vote in Kansas, where a proposed amendment would add to the state constitution a declaration that there’s no right to abortion—a step that would free the Republican-controlled state Legislature to pass restrictions or an outright ban. Reports say that voter turnout has been very high:
Early voting was robust. As of Monday, 271,438 ballots had been cast. That’s far more than the last midterm primary in 2018, when advance mail-in and in-person ballots totaled 89,449, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s office.
Unaffiliated voters—who’d generally have little reason to pay attention to a primary—delivered more than 40,000 of the early votes. Republicans cast 122,677; Democrats, 106,800; and Libertarians, 1,457, according to the state’s data.
You can follow all of the primaries here and see the results as they come in.