“From Harrisburg to Washington, the Republican Party has been hopelessly broken by conspiracy theories and extremists.”
PENNSYLVANIA — The 2020 election was the most free, fair and transparent in the history of Pennsylvania, and Donald Trump lost both the commonwealth and the presidency. When a political party is out of power, it’s supposed to be a time of self-reflection — to learn from your past mistakes and build an agenda of broadly popular ideas. But even after Trump incited a terrorist mob to attack the United States Capitol Building in an attempt to overthrow the government, reports confirm that Pennsylvania Republicans have only doubled down on the crazy.
“From Harrisburg to Washington, the Republican Party has been hopelessly broken by conspiracy theories and extremists,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Brendan Welch. “Pennsylvania families are facing real challenges: a global pandemic, an economic downturn, racial injustice and more — yet Pennsylvania Republicans stand for nothing but the same Big Lie they’ve told for months. We must continue to hold them accountable, organize to defeat them at the ballot box, and fight to relieve the working families of our commonwealth.”
HEAR IT FROM THE PRESS:
Philadelphia Inquirer — What unites Republicans after Trump? Democrats and tightening voter laws.
“Interviews with Pennsylvania Republican activists and party officials suggest the GOP is loosely connected by fear of the progressive left’s cultural ascendance, deep mistrust in the news media, and a determination to tighten Pennsylvania’s voting laws.”
“The state GOP’s transformation from the party of former Sens. Arlen Specter and John Heinz — and Govs. Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge — to a bastion of Trump loyalists has been decades in the making. But the shift has perhaps never been so obvious as in the past two months when Republicans here were repeatedly thrust into the spotlight for their role in trying to override President Joe Biden’s victory.”
The New York Times — Why Pennsylvania Republican Leaders Are All-In for Trump More Than Ever
“Far from engaging in self-examination, Pennsylvania Republicans are already jockeying ahead of the 2022 primaries to prove that they fought the hardest for Mr. Trump, who, in spite of the losses by his party in the White House, the Senate and the House, still exerts a strong grip over elected Republicans and grass-roots voters.”
Associated Press — Most Pennsylvania GOP backed Trump to the end, and still do
“Republicans say there is no conversation inside the state party about moving away from Trump at a critical juncture: would-be candidates are beginning to jockey for an inside track to the nomination next year for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat and governor’s office.”
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