Rep. Peter Meijer is a Republican congressman from Michigan. His constituency was previously represented by the first Liberal MP in Parliament, Justin Amash. Meijer is a Republican not a liberal, but many aspects of his record Friendly to the principle of limited government. He has often channeled Amash’s indie continuity, most notably Vote to impeach President Donald Trump Incited the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Major’s defiance against Trump’s camp has earned him a major challenger: John Gibbs, a Trump stalwart who backed claims of the ex-presidential’s campaign theft (while also Spread conspiracy theories About John Podesta and Democrats in general). Some Republican primary voters can’t forgive any perceived betrayal of Trump, no matter how well deserved, so it’s a close race. The primary election is Tuesday, August 2.
If Gibbs beats Meijer, the challenger would benefit from financial support from a very strange source: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), a division of the party dedicated to electing Democrats. The DCCC spent $435,000 on an ad campaign aimed at boosting Gibbs in the final days before the primary. This is not a small sum: as Meijer In a recent article for Bari Weiss pointed out, which is far more money than Gibbs raised himself and 100 times the money Trump himself donated to Gibbs. The DCCC worked harder than Trump to elect Major’s far-right challenger who rejected the election.
The ad itself was rather insidious: it targeted conservative Republicans and took the form of lamenting that Gibbs was “too conservative” and “chosen by Trump.” The DCCC is clearly emphasizing Gibbs’ ties to Trump, hoping that enough of them will be tricked into rejecting Meijer. Democrats did this for obvious reasons: They thought Gibbs would be easier to beat in the general election.
Politics is a dirty game, and both sides routinely engage in this kind of brinkmanship to win more seats at any cost. But Democrats who support Gibbs are squandering the considerable moral high ground they could have had on the supposed existential threat to democracy.
Democrats have claimed Trump’s grip on the Republican Party as a particular threat to the entire American political system, given Trump’s denial of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Trump has also pressured his administration allies to block the transfer of power to President Joe Biden. The Jan. 6 committee hearing is intended to finally show that Trump and his ilk are morally unfit to hold office — a reality that transcends partisan differences on public policy.
But if Democrats are willing to risk helping elect a MAGA Republican instead of a more traditional Republican for a slight political advantage, how on earth can they continue to face this argument head on?
Notably, Pennsylvania gubernatorial Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro did the same: He ran an ad designed to ensure state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who rejected the election (Doug Mastriano) participated in the Jan. 6 protests around the U.S. Capitol. , will win the Republican primary and become his opponent. After the incident, Shapiro unexpectedly turned around and denounced Mastriano as a “dangerous extremist” who spread conspiracy theories and wanted to restrict voting rights.
“If Democrats like Shapiro are going to position themselves as defenders of democracy against Republican attempts to sabotage the election, they really shouldn’t be helping these Republicans get elected,” he said. wrote reasonof Eric Bohm.
In his article for Weiss’ Substack, Meijer points to several other examples:
It’s not just my Michigan game. While occupying the moral high ground, Democrats have been busy rewarding candidates like my opponents across the country:
- Colorado: Democrats have Spent $4 million On TV and digital ads to elevate Jan. 6 attendee Ron Hanks of moderate businessman Joe Audi in the Republican Senate primary.
- Pennsylvania: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Josh Shapiro promote On Jan. 6, Republican candidate Doug Mastriano, who rejected the election, appeared in a TV ad that spent twice as much on one ad as Mastriano spent on his own campaign . Mastriano is now a swing gubernatorial candidate.
- Maryland: The Democratic Governors Association spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Dan Cox, who not only attended the meeting On January 6th, but as the violence unfolded, Mike Pence called Mike Pence a traitor.
- Illinois: Democratic Governors Association A decrease of $35 million Super PAC ad targeting moderate Republican Mayor Aurora Richard Irvin and promoting his election-rejecting, Trump-backed opponent Darren Bailey ), which eventually won the nomination.
In the past, this strategy has had huge backlash against Democrats. It was an open secret that Hillary Clinton’s campaign actively supported Trump to win the Republican presidential primary in 2016; Clinton’s staff believed she had an easier time beating Trump than other candidates. We all know how it turns out.
Expecting politicians to be more forthright is clearly a hopeless endeavor.But a party cynically donates nearly half a million dollars to a stealing extremist in the hope that he will remove a more reasonable and stronger barrier to securing the party’s control of the House of Representatives — while members of the party are collectively of cry for the grave of democracy. That’s crocodile tears.