Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two other prominent party members who broke ranks with Donald Trump . Many traditional conservatives fret that the censures will turn off swing voters who handed Democrats recent victories in the state.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump.The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey are merely symbolic. But they show the party’s foot soldiers are focused on enforcing loyalty to Trump, even in the wake of an election that saw Arizona inch away from its staunchly Republican roots.
Party activists also reelected controversial Chairwoman Kelli Ward, who has been one of Trump’s most unflinching supporters and among the most prolific promoters of his baseless allegations of election fraud.The Arizona GOP’s combative focus has delighted Trump’s staunchest supporters and worried Republican insiders who have watched the party lose ground in the suburbs as the influence of its traditional conservative establishment has faded in favor of Trump. A growing electorate of young Latinos and newcomers bringing their more liberal politics from back home have further hurt the GOP.
“This is a time for choosing for Republicans. Are we going to be the conservative party?” said Kirk Adams, a former state House speaker and chief of staff to Ducey. “Or is this a party ... that’s loyal to a single person?”It’s a question of Republican identity that party officials and activists are facing across the country following Trump’s 2020 loss, and particularly after a mob of his supporters laid siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. headtopics.com
Nowhere is the question more acute than Arizona, where the state GOP’s unflinching loyalty to Trump stands out even in a party that’s been remade everywhere in the image of the former president.Ward has relentlessly — but unsuccessfully — sued to overturn the election results. The party has used its social media accounts to urge followers to fight and perhaps even to die in support of Trump’s false claims of victory. Two of the state’s four Republican congressmen are accused of playing a role in organizing the Jan. 6 rally that turned violent.
After dominating Arizona politics for decades, Republicans now find themselves on their heels in the state’s highest offices. President Joe Biden narrowly eked out a victory here, becoming just the second Democrat in more than five decades to win the state. Consecutive victories in 2018 and 2020 gave Democrats control of both U.S. Senate seats for the first time in nearly 70 years.
Ward, a physician and former state legislator who lost two Republican primaries for the U.S. Senate, defeated three challengers to win a second term.In a brief interview, Ward acknowledged “disappointment at the top of the ticket” but said she and many other Republicans still question the results showing victories for Biden and Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. Judges have rejected eight lawsuits challenging Arizona’s election results.
Ward pointed to GOP successes down the ballot, noting Republicans defied expectations in local races.Ward said she’s a “Trump Republican” who will “always put America first, who believes in faith, family and freedom.” The way forward for the GOP, she said, is keeping Trump’s 74 million voters engaged. headtopics.com
“Yes, I will be radical about those things because those are the things that keep this country great,” Ward said. “The people who are complaining are the people who actually put us in this spot where we are in Arizona, people who have been mamby pamby, lie down and allow the Democrats to walk all over them.”
ADVERTISEMENTThe censures target some of Arizona’s most prominent Republicans,Cindy McCain endorsed Biden and became a powerful surrogate for the Democrat following years of attacks by Trump on her husband.“Maybe (Ward) should be reminded that my husband never lost an Arizona election since his first win in 1982,” McCain said in a statement before the vote.
Flake was one of the few congressional Republicans who was openly critical of Trump for failing to adhere to conservative values. He declined to run for reelection in 2018 and endorsed Biden in last year’s election.“If condoning the President’s behavior is required to stay in the Party’s good graces, I’m just fine being on the outs,” Flake wrote on Twitter before the vote.
Ducey is being targeted for his restrictions on individuals and businesses to contain the spread of COVID-19. While it’s not mentioned in the proposed censure, he had a high-profile break with the president when he signed the certification of Biden’s victory. headtopics.com
“These resolutions are of no consequence whatsoever and the people behind them have lost whatever little moral authority they may have once had,” said Sara Mueller, Ducey’s political director.Many traditional conservatives fret that the censures and Ward’s combative style turn off the swing voters and ticket-splitters who handed Democrats their recent victories. But they say the party’s decisions will reflect only the views of about 1,500 committed activists.
John McCain was censured by the state GOP in 2014 and went on to comfortably win a Republican primary over Ward and a general election. The self-described maverick, known best for his willingness to buck his party, had strained relations with the state party for much of his career but was consistently reelected by wide margins.
___Associated Press writer Paul Davenport in Phoenix contributed. Read more: The Associated Press »
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Should be free to express yourself just as others express themselves. CENSOR HER! SHE IS NOT A REPUBLICAN Wifey Poo should realized she's a NOBODY. It was her husband who mattered. And he's Dead now. Needs a New Hobby, DEFINITELY NOT POLITICS. Can Cindy McCain run for office? I would like to see her join the senate.
A censure is nothing more than a slap on the wrists. No biggie, IMHO. The GOP in Arizona is set on turning off as many people as it possibly can. What? The term “cult” gets thrown around a lot to describe the intense passion of Donald Trump’s followers—but is it accurate? For Steven Hassan, a former Moonie turned cult expert and author of The Cult of Trump, the answer is decidedly yes.
Stop voter suppression. Thank you Stacy Abram’s for giving the state of Georgia to Biden.Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia. The party of “anti-censorship” , “freedom of speech” and “dems are trying to censure conservatism” ...censure themselves. 😭 can’t make this shit up. The modern GOP starting to shape into the handmade tales party.
Correct me if I'm wrong but Republicans are suppose to support Free Speech,the right to choose and the right of conscience? Apparently in Arizona you must believe,support and die on the hill that is Trump !I'd rather be an Under. She rich bc of lobbyist. It’s what lobbyist want or what Americans want! She picks lobbyist
They need to censure ALL the GOP Senators AND Congressmen that spread conspiracy theories.. What did GOP expect from Cindy McCain? Obviously her husband was a sell-out, and he spent the rest of his days licking Liberals boots. That should have been a warning sign to the GOP regarding Cindy's behavior.
American first. Republican second. When you see someone attempting to undermine democracy, you’ve got to at and that’s what they did and now they face repercussion. You bet it turns people off! No one likes cheaters. No one likes liars. And no one likes willful ignorance. Arizona Republican should be shamed & often in public!! Then voted out! Trump cult is so 2016. Get real.
Just change parties. ...consequences. Censure unwarranted. The Donald failed the GOP too. Sore losers Vengeful and intolerant RepublicansAreTheProblem and Ms. McCain could well choose not to remain affiliated with the party if it continues in this direction! Aww, a southern blue wave... LMAO Republicans censuring Republicans?
The GOP is running scared Yes, it is true. Arizona Republican leaders suffer from a fever and dementia. They preach about freedoms but they will backstab anyone who has a different view or opinion. The hate & intolerance continue w/o trump. I think the RNC needs to censure the AZGOP if they ever hope to win an election in that state again
I don’t think Cindy is worried ViethRosemarie Venture to day Cindy McCain will long out do their influence that's more groveling. They should form their own new party & take the other reasonable former Republicans along with them. Surely there are others. The governor is GOP?!?! HE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE RIGHT NOW! WE DON’T NEED PRO-SLAVERY/ANTI-WOMEN/ANTI-EQUALITY GOVERNMENT IN OFFICE!
How come Republicans don't like communist country when they are a communist party? Shame on them for aiding the enablers, they call themselves patriotic. They’re nothing but traitors Why can't you just let it go? That's what you want Congress to do with the tRump impeachment, isn't it? AZGOP hypocrisy I'm a traditional conservative who is ready to clean house to get rid of these idiots who have commandeered the GOP
Good. Let the crazy GOPhers in AZ wreck their party. They NEED to be on record as being dumbasses. 😷 Circular firing squad AZGOP ....and? You bet they will! Ward and others need to resign! Broke ranks by have a backbone & standing up for the truth? AZ GOP is a moral swamp. I haven’t always agreed with Cindy but she always said what she thought regardless of who she riled up. Those idiots could take a lesson from her & her two colleagues on integrity.
The radicals in both parties don’t get the bigger picture I thought Republicans hated “censorship” They may as well rename their party the Trumpublicans. There is no getting around that’s what they are now. For them, it’s about Party over Country. Disgusting. Yep That is so wrong. She stood for our democracy. John is proud of her & all of AZ should be also
Pollution of the Republican Party as they cower to and reward their criminal cult leader and punish any member who has the courage to follow the Constitution and do the right thing when our country when our democracy is challenged. If sedition doesn't make the repubs run from Trump, it will make me run from them!
The censure will turn voters against the senators that DIDN'T vote to impeach, not the other way around. Thank you. They are right to fret. Nonsense. If the party censures will turn you off then you are not real a republican. We are better off without you. 'Expel them. Replace them with people from their own party in a special election if the voters want?
AZGOP is going full American Taliban. They’d be right. Goodbye AZ GOP 👋 Censuring people for not falling under the party line? Sounds like a dictatorship. Being censured by the Arizona Republicans is now a badge of honour! Traditional conservatives need to take the party back from the trumptards It’s crazy to watch them eat their own.
Arizona voters should be better than this. The republicans that voted to impeach ended their careers and the Republican Party as we know it. That’s crazy! They are American citizens and can decide for themselves who they are for. Arizona GOP going down! Well, it looks like Arizona might stay blue for a while
To thine self be true takes courage. Swing voters? Not sure that's still a thing Just another example of how the GOP has devolved into a TrumpCult Who is Donald Trump? A former somebody or something? I guess the GOP wants to lose more ground in future elections. This is good for Arizona Dems. In the next (4) yrs the GOP has to decide if it is to be a “right of center party with conservative ideology or a Trumpian populist party-
Ya think? Then Dems need to IMMEDIATELY run Lincoln Project style media and put their weight behind McCaim to show those Trump fuckers that they ain't got shit After Trump and all of his loyalists, I will never vote for another Republican. 1.5M jobs lost in two days... Biden off to a great start. Arizona GOP is batshit crazy.
It’s enough already. AZ republicans need to vote third party!! USA 🇺🇸 Well if that’s the case boot out Cruz and company for being seditionists🤷🏻 As private citizens why should they give one 💩 that the Arizona gop is deeply disappointed in their words and actions? I’m deeply disappointed the gop still exists, can I censure them?
So their message is 'How dare you break with a cult leader, even if he led a FailedCoup.' This is what GOP has reduced itself to!! This is f'd up on so many levels She betrayed him! Only through him there is the light. 10 voted to impeach in the US House, now AZ Republicans voting against their own; implosion of the Republican party has begun
Same in Wyoming. Democrats and their Cancel culture must stop! Traditional conservatives are dinosaurs at this point.