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A disturbing new way of campaigning has popped up on the Republican side, labeling other Republican candidates you oppose “RINOs” when they haven’t earned the credentials. Because much of politics comes down to money these days, billionaires are buying elected offices, shoving genuine conservatives out of the way with these false labels. Anyone with money can slap the “America First” label on themselves and label a conservative who’s worked in the trenches, or a new one who is loudly standing up for core conservative principles like election integrity that most don’t dare to, a RINO. 

 

The problem becomes worse when these dishonest or fake candidates get into the general election races. Their dishonesty and inexperience gets exposed, and they end up costing the GOP a seat by losing. And the ones who actually are able to win the general election cannot be trusted. 

 

It’s pretty easy to figure out who real RINOs are. They have low ratings from conservative groups like the American Conservative Union (which rates state legislators now as well), they have a history of supporting or voting with Democrats, they bash solid conservatives such as Donald Trump, they claim there is no election fraud, etc. 

 

This new field of candidates backed by big money is taking advantage of and abusing this common criticism by greatly expanding the definition, which renders the term meaningless. They blast conservatives with solid records as “swamp creatures” and pull up obscure incidents from the pasts of newcomers daring to speak out on election fraud and other controversial issues.

 

It’s become quite controversial due to seeping into Trump’s endorsements. For the most part, Trump’s endorsements have correctly picked the solid conservative in primary races. But there have been a few races where things have gone on behind the scenes and most conservatives would agree he chose the wrong person. 

 

The late conservative  leader and writer William F. Buckley Jr.  came up with the Buckley Rule, which states that in political races, conservatives should support the most electable conservative. Some of Trump’s endorsements have not followed this rule — although to his credit, occasionally he’s withdrawn endorsements after seeing his candidates perform poorly in their races. 

 

Two of his questionable endorsements came as the result of lobbying from California tech billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel convinced Trump to endorse JD Vance in the Senate race in Ohio, over the solid conservative Josh Mandel. Vance accused Mandel, a former Ohio Treasurer who is backed by Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, of being a RINO. But in 2016, Vance said about Trump, “I can’t stomach Trump. I think that he’s noxious and is leading the white working class to a very dark place.” He labeled himself a Never Trumper and worried the former president could be “America’s Hitler.” Vance ultimately won the primary race. 

 

The other Thiel-backed candidate is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, in another “Twilight Zone” race. This brand-new “Richie Rich” candidate, who has done nothing but live off of Thiel’s money for his career, has finagled Trump’s endorsement and constantly bashes the solid conservative in the race as a RINO. Blake Masters, who opponents refer to as “Fake Blake,” has no history as a conservative and a long record as a radical Libertarian, who once convinced a friend to become pro-choice on abortion. But due to millions from Thiel including the coveted Trump endorsement, he has been able to make proactive, solid conservative Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich falsely look weak. 

 

His millions have infiltrated conservative media, social media, and other outlets to portray Brnovich as do-nothing  when it comes to election fraud, when nothing could be further from the truth. An offhand remark Brnovich made about a day after the 2020 election where he said he hadn’t personally seen any fraud yet has been stretched into saying Brnovich didn’t believe there was fraud at all. 

 

In reality, Brnovich has fought the fraud harder than anyone, walking a very fine line between getting the left-leaning judicial system to recognize it versus getting disbarred — he’s barely made it through 12 bar complaints filed against him and his staff from Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The reckless things Masters says are very likely to get him disbarred — and The Week says he doesn’t even believe there was fraud 

 

Polls show Brnovich scores at least five points better than Masters against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the general election. Masters has said so many offensive things — and still continues to do so — that Kelly will destroy him in the general election. 

 

Another bizarre race in Arizona is the GOP gubernatorial primary, which is between a clear RINO, Karrin Taylor Robson, and a clear conservative who is endorsed by Trump, Kari Lake. Lake has had a meteoric rise in the race, due to her brilliance, years of experience with media as a news anchor for years and unflinching stance on issues like election fraud that many Republicans are scared to champion. 

 

But Robson, who is largely funded by her wealthy husband, claims status as the conservative in the race, constantly pointing to a couple of small donations Lake made to Barack Obama and John Kerry in the early 2010s when she was briefly a Democrat. 

 

The reality is Robson’s record is horrible — and it was when she was a Republican. While serving as a regent for ASU, she voted against a bill that the Arizona Legislature was considering – which is now law – banning abortions for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome. She voted to give illegal immigrants subsidized tuition at Arizona universities, lower than American citizens in other states pay. Brnovich sued the universities over this and forced them to stop the practice.  She worked as a paid lobbyist for the leftist, open-borders Chicanos por la Causa in 2018. And her endorsements look like a who’s who of RINOs, she doesn’t even try to hide them. 

 

There is supposed to be a red wave this year. But will the billionaires who have changed the meaning of RINO to include anyone but them ruin it for us? 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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It’s Trump’s Time to Shine

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Former President Trump could easily be over-confident going into the June debate. President Joe Biden isn’t even comfortable answering questions from friendly media who want him to look good. He struggles even when he has note cards. Can you imagine how he might perform in the debate when he doesn’t know the questions or Donald Trump’s response. Even many in his own party are worried about him not performing well.

It almost makes you wonder if this could be the Democrats’ plan. A poor performance in the debates could increase the calls for Biden to step down and not run for four more years. With the next scheduled debate being in September and their Chicago convention in August, Democrats would have time to let Biden withdraw with honor and still have time to select another candidate who would not be burdened with having to defend the Biden record.

Former President Trump has been making fun of Biden at every turn—his advanced age, his mental failings, his stupid comments, and his failed policies. It will be tempting but a mistake for Trump to make the debate focus Biden’s failings. Belittling Biden reinforces the view that Trump is mean spirited. In 2020, Biden didn’t beat Trump; Trump beat himself. It was the “hate Trump” voters that came out to defeat Trump, electing Biden was just the result of their intense dislike of the GOP candidate. To focus on demeaning Biden will only fuel the haters and give undecided independents a reason to stay home.

President Trump has the platform priorities that Americans are eager to support. Instead of wasting comments on Biden’s inadequacies, Trump should focus on what he will immediately do once back in office. If he keeps coming back to the following nine winning messages, Trump will win in a landslide:

1. Americans overwhelmingly want an end to Biden’s open border. The day I take office, I will use executive orders to end open borders and reinstate my policies that helped cut illegal immigration to the lowest rate in decades. There will be no amnesty for illegals. Illegals committing crimes will be deported immediately. Illegals will not receive government entitlements reserved for citizens and those here legally.

2. Too many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck paying inflated costs for fuel and food. I will immediately institute an “all of the above” energy policy that will once again make America 100% energy independent and lower the cost of fuel. That alone will begin to bring down the inflated price for food and other basic needs.

3. America is tired of watching criminals do crimes and then being released the next day. Do the crime, do the time. I will do everything I can to use federal law to hold criminals responsible when states won’t. I will strongly support law enforcement and work to keep Americans safe in their cities!

4. Americans are tired of elitists deciding what is best for their children. I will put parents back in control of the choices that have always been theirs. I will work in support of school choice and require parental approval for any surgery no matter what a child’s “declared” gender.

5. Americans in both parties have strong views on abortion and women’s rights. I will reject any efforts to pass federal legislation on this divisive issue. I will support allowing states to vote on this important issue.

6. Americans remain reluctant in using our military in foreign wars. When I was President, I made it clear that we wanted no war, but would respond strongly to any military aggression by our foes. I am committed to keeping America strong and our adversaries know and fear that.

7. Americans do not trust our election process. I will do what I can to return America to our pre-COVID procedures that had worked for over a century. We will return to limiting voting to one day. Voters will be required to request and sign any absentee ballot, verify citizenship at the polls, and use paper ballots that can be recounted as needed. There is no need for additional days, ballot harvesting, or voting machines that do not rely on paper ballots.

8. Americans are tired of forced environmental extremism and unjustified warnings about catastrophic climate change. If citizens want an EV, a hybrid, or a gas-fueled car, that will be their choice. America can and will take care of the environment by leading the world in clean energy technology that can take advantage of our rich oil, gas, coal, and alternative energy resources.

9. Finally, Americans are tired of exploding government spending and out-of-control national debt. It is time to cut the size of government. We will work to take on the “deep state” to get rid of redundancy and costly inefficiencies. It’s time to end automatic budget increases and institute zero-based budgeting that requires every budget area to be justified every year.

If former President Trump uses every debate question to focus on what he will to do if elected, Joe Biden is likely to self-destruct on his own. Biden’s inadequacies are painfully evident. By focusing on the issues that matter to Americans, it won’t matter what candidate the Democrats settle on. With a winning platform, Trump will win in a landside and bring Congress and the Senate along for the ride. By avoiding personal attacks, he won’t add fuel for the haters. In short, it’s time for Trump to give voters back the America they fear they are losing. May it be so!
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A Way Forward after Trump Found Guilty

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This is not the America we have known and loved. This is legal warfare striking at the heart of our republic. For the first time, an American President has been found guilty on 34 counts in a New York courtroom. As it now stands, he will be sentenced on July 11th. It may be unlikely Trump will be sentenced to prison, but even if the verdict ends up being repealed, what will be the result of this unanimous conviction on the November election and our growing political divide?

Will Americans rally behind a President wronged by a partisan assault on our legal system? Those who support him will clearly rally to his side. Within hours Trump doubled the record for daily contributions with a commitment of over $34 million, over twenty percent of which was from first time contributors. Right now, his support is growing.

That small New York jury, influenced by a biased judge, will not decide the future of America, voters will in November. Americans will have the opportunity to vote the verdict that counts most by reelecting Donald Trump President. But as positive as polls may appear right now for the past President, those voters who hate Trump are happy with the result and will show up at the polls to defeat that “felon” Trump.

The “Hate Trump” vote gave Biden the Presidency in 2020. Biden didn’t win on his personality or platform; it was the “hate Trumpers” who came out in record numbers to defeat Donald Trump. They have not gone away, and they now have more ammunition to fuel their hatred of the man.

Conservatives know that this next election is critical to the future of our republic. Candidate Biden presented himself as a harmless centrist ready to unite the country. But he governed as a progressive extremist using executive orders to end our energy independence, open our border to millions of illegal aliens, and spend our way into crippling inflation leaving many living paycheck to paycheck. Biden will claim that the rate of inflation has come down, but the result of months of inflation remain, putting more and more American on the brink of insolvency.

If people vote on whether they are better off after 4 years of Joe Biden, Trump’s conviction will mean little. Far too many Americans are hurting. No matter your age, politics, or race, if you can’t put food on the table for your family, you want a change. You remember what your life was like under Donald Trump. They will compare that to life under Joe Biden. The choice should be easy for another Trump victory.

But will that be the case in November. Now, there are strong reactions engendered by this kangaroo court and the travesty of these convictions. But it is a long way to November, and we are yet to see what the long-term impact of this court decision and possible additional convictions that may yet come. Some legal analysts have suggested that the New York case was the least likely charge to result in a conviction. Will Americans get weary of a wounded warrior, a President that is fighting against one partisan persecution after another?

Republicans are united in the belief that they must win this next election. Will there come a time that the baggage Trump carries into the election make his election unlikely? As of now, he is facing a failing opponent who has a hard time putting sentences together. But more and more Democrats are calling for Biden not to run and to find a new candidate to put forward.

What would happen if Biden steps down as President Johnson did? Who would Democrats put in his place? Would it be Michelle Obama? Some question putting a person up for election that has never been elected to any office. On the positive side, Michelle has no record to defend, she would bring back the aura of President Barack Obama’s Presidency, and she could easily disavow support for Biden’s controversial decisions. In short, she could be the Democrats dream candidate to rally behind.

On the morning after the verdicts and record donations to his campaign, Donald Trump said to America, “I will do what I have to do to save our country.” What if the early poll numbers for Trump begin to fade the closer we get to November? Would Donald Trump put America first if it looks more and more like he might lose to the candidate Democrats choose? Could he step down and campaign in support of a candidate with no negative baggage and powerful Contract with America? The Republicans have a strong bench of ready candidates and winning issues to support.

Right now, it is not clear his stepping down is necessary. But if it is, I hope that Donald Trump would put his love for country first. He has been wronged, but winning in November is more important than whether Donald Trump is our next President. Whoever Republicans elect would bring the right people to Washington and the policy priorities that matter to Americans would once again drive the focus of this great country.

Rest assured that if Trump is the Republican candidate in November, we must work to rally support for him. Just know that with the election irregularities that are sure to surface, our candidate must win big. If the GOP wins big, Democrats can’t cheat their way to victory. May Trump live up to his promise to do whatever he has to do to save this country, whether that means running himself or supporting someone else better positioned to win. But win we must! May it be so.

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