Seismicity in the Republican Party

Seismicity in the Republican Party 0
Seismicity in the Republican Party 0

Immediately after conservative Republican senator Mike Lee from Utah announced he was positive for nCoV, North Carolina Republican senator Thom Tillis, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, chairman of the Committee

On October 3, while President Donald Trump was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, two senior Republican members close to the White House boss were Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson and former president

President Donald Trump at the White House on October 1.

After months of Trump and other members of the Republican Party being skeptical about the danger of nCoV and refusing to take epidemic prevention measures such as wearing masks, they now have to face the harsh reality.

The current crisis has some Republicans asking whether they are paying the price for their complacency.

“There was panic before this started, but now we look like a stupid partisanship,” said Edward J. Rollins, co-chair of the super political action committee Great America, which advocates

`The president and those around him have flouted the rules,` said Republican strategist Michael Steel.

Stuart Stevens of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump political action committee, said there are `confusions` among Republican officials and donors.

Besides, many Republican officials are still determined not to express any insecurity about their political future, as they still hope that President Trump returns and voters will not make a judgment.

However, Trump’s hospitalization at Walter Reed combined with a series of conflicting and inconsistent information related to his health condition is continuing to send waves of insecurity at all levels within the Republican Party.

Concerning photos at the event last weekend, where senior Republican Party members and congressmen gathered, shook hands, and hugged each other without wearing masks, are being widely spread on social media.

`They will face consequences for refusing to comply with what scientists have recommended,` commented Irwin E. Redlener, founding director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

According to Redlener, Biden’s former adviser, `all those who tried to accept false messages from the President must now face the reality that he himself is infected.`

Commentators Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey from the Washington Post commented that while Republican leaders publicly deny concerns about the party’s activities and messages, behind the scenes, donors and consultants

Key members of the Republican party are being quarantined after testing positive for nCoV, including Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Campaign consultants said on October 3 that they do not believe President Trump will be able to resume campaign activities in the next 10 to 14 days and that more than 10 trips to swing states may be canceled or postponed.

`We will mobilize the entire workforce of the ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign to handle all work for the President before he returns,` said campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

Opinion polls on the political map last week made the future outlook even gloomier as the Republicans tended to lose ground in some traditional bases.

Across the country, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll results published on October 4, Biden received support from 53% of registered voters, 14 percentage points more than President Trump.

Inside the campaign and among Trump’s Republican allies, many advisers and strategists remain confident, despite the ongoing turmoil.

Vice President Pence, who tested negative for nCoV in recent days, still plans to make extensive campaign trips after the upcoming debate on October 7 with his Democratic opponent.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sat with his head bowed while doctors held a press conference about President Trump’s health on October 4.

`We will maximize the number of family members, allies and representatives on upcoming trips,` said Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign.

The debate between Pence and Harris is expected by some Republicans to help President Trump’s election campaign renew the message the party gives about the pandemic, because Pence is the leader of the anti-Covid team.

`All he needs to do is be kind and comfortable to reassure public opinion and create a sense of trust,` former House Speaker Newt Gingrich commented.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee and Trump campaign volunteers will continue to promote on-the-ground campaign efforts, knocking on doors to call for support for the White House boss.

On October 3, a group of senior Republican members campaigned in Iowa.

Lotter still posted photos of the trip on Twitter, including a photo of Gov. Reynolds high-fiving maskless Republicans at an indoor event.

Vu Hoang (According to Washington Post)

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