Step 1: Add $2 trillion to the deficit with a massive giveaway to the wealthy, corporations, and donors.
Step 2: Decide the deficit is too high, and, naturally, that it’s time to cut Social Security and Medicare.
As we said yesterday, we don’t have to guess what Republicans will do if they maintain total control of Congress for another two years; we already know.
TRUE COLORS SHINING THROUGH.
With just 18 days until Election Day, increasingly desperate Congressional Republicans are showing their true colors. Some are dusting off old smears about “open borders” and “sanctuary cites,” while others have crossed the line and gone full White Nationalist.
Here are just a few disgusting examples from this week:
- Recently-indicted Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) has been calling his opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a “security risk” and a “radical Muslim.” Rampant Islamophobia aside, Hunter doesn’t seem to care that his opponent is actually a Christian.
- Steve Chabot (R-OH-01) released an ad yesterday hitting his opponent, Aftab Pureval, on his supposed alignment with Nancy Pelosi and his support for “open borders”—both false. The ad calls Pureval, who is the son of Indian and Tibetan immigrants, “sneaky” and “dishonest,” a clear dog whistle to common racist terms used to refer to Americans of immigrant origins.
- This week, Andy Barr (R-KY-06) released an ad attacking his opponent, Amy McGrath, for wanting “open borders” that would “allow drug cartels to flood our community with drugs and crime.” McGrath, who is a 20-year Marine veteran, rightfully questioned why anyone would believe that she would risk her life for this country for so long, only to come home and destroy it all.
- Steve King (R-IA-04) has a long history of blatant White Nationalism. He kept his streak going this week when he endorsed a candidate for Mayor of Toronto (yes, Canada) who is a demonstrated racist who once recited the white supremacist slogan, “The 14 Words,” on a radio show. These disturbing positions haven’t stopped Republican leadership from lavishing King with praise; President Trump reiterated his support for him at a campaign rally in Iowa last week.
- This week, Dave Brat (R-VA-07) told inmates serving prison time with drug addictions, “You think you’re having a hard time—I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me.”
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