Republicans’ Scary Weekend

Republican Senate candidates across the country spent their weekend struggling to explain away story after story highlighting how dangerous their extreme views really are.

Nevada GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt’s campaign paid thousands of dollars to an operative whose Twitter account spewed hate speech — including white supremacy, antisemitism, anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, and misogyny. 

Jewish Insider: “Until it was suddenly removed from Twitter on Thursday, an anonymous account called ‘LaxaltStan’ — which spent much of its time posting bigoted comments denigrating Jews, women and gay and transgender people, among other groups — had made sure to emphasize in an all-caps disclaimer that it was ‘NOT AFFILIATED’ with Adam Laxalt… 

“But a review of past social media activity… link[ed] the account to a right-wing political operative who has received payments from the Laxalt campaign as recently as late August, according to filings from the Federal Election Commission.”

In Pennsylvania, GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz’s campaign has reportedly staffed up with individuals who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally that took place at the Capitol on January 6.

Rolling Stone: “[W]hile Oz pays lip service to the 2020 election results, he has quietly loaded up his 2022 campaign with true believers in Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ — including ones who attended Trump’s infamous Jan. 6 rally aimed at nullifying Joe Biden’s victory… [A]t least two Oz campaign staffers attended Trump’s Jan. 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in Washington, D.C. The rally…”

New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Dan Bolduc has doubled down on sowing distrust in our elections AGAIN, and earned himself an endorsement from Donald Trump.

The Hill: “During a second debate against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), he continued to sow doubt in the last election, saying, ‘I’m the only one sitting here who’s been [in] every town and city in this state over two years, and I believe Granite Staters when they say they don’t like the fact that college students that aren’t residents here can vote. They don’t like the fact that they can’t trust a mail in-ballot system.’”

With 8 days to go until the midterm elections, Republicans are under fire for pushing extreme views that prop up hate and spread dangerous lies.