State Republicans Go Full Trump To Fill The Void

HARRISBURG, PA - JANUARY 17: A cardboard effigy of President Donald Trump is lowered while people demonstrate against the president outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on January 17, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Supporters of President Trump are expected to gather at state capitol buildings throughout the nation today to protest the presidential election results and the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
HARRISBURG, PA - JANUARY 17: A cardboard effigy of President Donald Trump is lowered while people demonstrate against the president outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on January 17, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsyl... HARRISBURG, PA - JANUARY 17: A cardboard effigy of President Donald Trump is lowered while people demonstrate against the president outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on January 17, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Supporters of President Trump are expected to gather at state capitol buildings throughout the nation today to protest the presidential election results and the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
January 25, 2021 12:58 p.m.

With former President Trump booted from Twitter and the White House, several state-level Republicans are rising to the occasion to fill the Trump-sized void by echoing his extreme rhetoric.

A few days after President Biden’s inauguration, state Republicans in Arizona, Hawaii and Texas spent the weekend proving their loyalty to the former president as well as Trump’s bogus claims of widespread election fraud. The Oregon GOP added itself to the list on Monday as well.

Even as the second Senate impeachment trial against Trump looms, state Republicans made clear that the former president’s foot soldiers are here to stay, despite his departure from the White House last week:

Arizona GOP

Clearly still upset over Biden’s victory in the battleground state, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain, former Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for refusing to do Trump’s bidding.

McCain, who is the widow of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and endorsed Biden after Trump spent years attacking her husband, appeared to brush off the merely symbolic vote.

Flake, who also became a target of Trump’s attacks, took the high road as well by tweeting a photo of him with McCain and Ducey at Biden’s inauguration.

Along with the merely symbolic vote, Arizona Republicans also re-elected Kelli Ward — who Trump called up a day after the state’s Supreme Court swatted down her challenge to void Biden’s win — as its chair.

Hawaii GOP

In a now-deleted series of incendiary tweets posted Saturday night, the Hawaii GOP glorified QAnon conspiracy theorists.

After the tweets were met with backlash, they were deleted the following morning without explanation.

On Sunday night, Hawaii GOP vice Chair of communications Edwin Boyette resigned through a Facebook post in which he expressed remorse over “the discussion of the Q-Conspiracy,” calling it “an error of judgement.”

Today I gave my resignation as Vice Chair for Communications for the Hawaii Republican Party.

I will be off social…

Posted by Edwin Boyette on Sunday, January 24, 2021

 

Texas GOP

The Texas GOP went a similar route as the Arizona Republican Party by parroting QAnon-friendly messaging as its slogan.

The Texas GOP dismissed the backlash that ensued in a series of tweets that linked to its chair claiming that the slogan is nod to an “unattributed quote he likes” in an interview with the Texas Tribune in August.

 

Oregon GOP

The Oregon GOP passed a formal resolution on Monday that condemned what it views as a “betrayal” by the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump for the second time for “incitement of insurrection,” which included the GOP’s third-ranking member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

In its statement announcing the resolution on the eve of Biden’s inauguration last week, the Oregon GOP dismissed the Capitol riots as a “false flag” and compared it to the Reichstag fire. The Oregon GOP also denied Trump’s role in inciting the mob of his supporters who breached the Capitol earlier this month.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: