On Wednesday evening, President Donald described RINOs – an initialism for Republicans only in name – as “the lowest form of human life”.
“I’m not just running against Joe Biden,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Bullhead, Arizona, “I’m running against the left mob and left media, the big tech giants, and I’m also running against RINOs. Do you know what RINO is? A RINO is perhaps the lowest form of human life.”
The President’s remark could be a side blow to Republican Senate candidates who have distanced themselves from his campaign, but also to those who have publicly contradicted or criticized him in order to attract undecided voters and protect Republican control over the Senate.
In an audio recording released by the Washington Examiner in mid-October, Republican Senator of Nebraska Ben Sasse said Trump “flirted with white supremacists,” “kissed dictators’ butts” and “spent like a drunken sailor. Trump had previously referred to Sasse as RINO in an August tweet.
Other Republican senators have openly criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.
When asked on October 6 if she was proud to serve under Trump during her time in the Air Force, the Republican Senator of Arizona, Martha McSally, responded, “I am proud to fight for the Arizona people in things like lowering your taxes.
In a October 20 CNN interview, South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune criticized the president’s re-election campaign, saying, “Stay away from personal attacks. Stop attacking the media. Stop attacking Fauci and focus on issues…. That way you will win over the middle class.”
Republican Senators Steve Daines of Montana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have all recently distanced themselves from Trump’s comments against infection expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, stating that they either trust the doctor or would rather focus on the pandemic than the doctor.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn told The Houston Chronicle that he believes Trump has “let his guard down” in treating COVID-19. Earlier this month, the majority leader of the Republican Senate majority, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, admitted that he had not visited the White House since August because he did not want to deal with COVID-19.
During the rally, Trump also lobbied women for his support and declared, “We will gain a historic percentage of women. Remember the last time? ‘He won’t get any women,’ remember? … Well, it didn’t work out that way, did it? … … We did very well with women.”
In 2016, 54 percent of women voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, but only 39 percent supported Trump, a difference of 15 points, according to the Pew Research Center.
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