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“Trump is a singularly nasty and corrupt individual, but he also embodies something that has been clear about Republican politics for years: Advancing the conservative agenda any further—cutting taxes on the wealthy, slashing public services—requires more and more obfuscation, fewer and fewer voters, and increasingly naked white identity politics. … If Donald Trump didn’t exist, Republicans would have had to invent him. Or someone like him. The alternative would have been to moderate the conservative agenda in meaningful ways, and the party has been uncompromising in that regard.”
“I’m not supposed to speak ill of David Hogg because he is a ‘survivor.’ Apparently if you survive horrific events, that makes the stupidity spewing out of your mouth above reproach. I disagree. Hogg can burn in hell, I don’t care what he survived. Survivors who wage war on my country are my enemies.”
— Steven Baleshiski (R), a legislative candidate in Connecticut, who made harsh comments about Parkland High shooting victims, quit his race after losing town committee backing, the Hartford Courant reports. Republicans hope to find a new candidate.
The Republican Party is not capable of nominating anyone who is electable nationally.
— Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), quoted by the Oneonta Daily Star.