The only thing Republicans hate more than Democrats, and we know it’s not white nationalist racist fascist terrorists, are RINOs.
A RINO is a Republican In Name Only. These are Republicans that other Republicans claim are too liberal. Most of the time, a RINO is just moderate or less extreme than his or her fellow Republicans.
Now, keep in mind that Republicans love to accuse the Democratic Party of not having a diversity of ideas, and they often call liberals “extreme leftists.” But the lack of diversity and the extreme in politics are all on the right.
Just one look at the Texas GOP’s platform crafted over the weekend shows you just how extreme Republicans are. And at the Houston convention where the platform was written and voted on, Republicans physically attacked another Republican for being a “RINO.” Texas Republicans attacked one of their own congressmen, Dan Crenshaw, and called him “Eyepatch McCain,” a reference to the late senator John McCain.
It takes an extreme Republican to believe comparing someone to John McCain is an insult and that making fun of someone for losing an eye while fighting for his nation is humorous.
But Dan Crenshaw is NOT a RINO. Either is Texas Senator John Cornyn, who they booed at the convention for working with Democrats on an extremely weak gun reform bill.
Other Republicans who are considered RINOs are Senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is a RINO. And, members of the House of Representatives, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are often called RINOs. But it’s not always moderate positions in politics that can get one labeled as a RINO.
Liz Cheney is not a RINO because she’s a moderate. She is a hard-right conservative who voted more with Donald Trump than Trump’s butt poodle Matt Gaetz. Cheney is called a RINO because she voted to impeach Trump, criticized Trump’s involvement with the January 6 attack to overturn an election he lost, and for sitting on the committee investigating Trump’s coup attempt.
Now, it’s not just about where you stand on giving billionaires tax cuts, tariffs, nuclear deals with Iran, support of Israel, abortion, guns, and out-of-control defense spending. It depends on where you stand on Trump. If you’re not sufficiently MAGA enough, then you’re a RINO and an enemy of the Republican Party which has now become more of a cult than an actual political party.
Liz Cheney is a far-right religious conservative (she is to the right of her father on gay marriage despite having a gay sister). She just also believes in democracy over fascism.
Now, former Missouri Governor and current Senate candidate Eric Greitens is running a political ad where he storms into a home with a SWAT team hunting RINOs.
“Join the MAGA crew,” Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, declares in the ad while toting a shotgun. “Get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.” Save our country from whom, the people fighting to save our country from fascism?
Greitens was ousted from the governorship and there are new accusations of blackmail, sexual misconduct, and child abuse. When that happens to a Republican candidate, they shift the focus to someone else, like RINOs. Maybe if we talk about RINOs then no one will want to talk about the accusations that Greitens committed spousal and child abuse to the point, that he loosened one of his children’s teeth.
Greitens mentions MAGA in his ad but he hasn’t won Trump’s endorsement yet, but he has appointed Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, as national chair of his campaign, not because of her political savviness, but because she’s Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend.
Guilfoyle has accused everyone calling for Greitens to step down of being RINOs, including Mitch McConnell. If Guilfoyle’s presence on the campaign doesn’t earn Greitens Trump’s endorsement, maybe at the very least it’ll keep him from criticizing the Greitens campaign.
Greitens’ ad is an endorsement of violence during a time of violence. Gun violence is out of control while Democrats and moderate Republicans are receiving death threats and Nazis are trying to attack Pride parades in Idaho. Kinzinger tweeted a letter from someone threatening to murder his family, including his newborn.
And because Republicans gaslight, they’re making demands for the Justice Department to go after Antifa and Jane’s Revenge. If you haven’t heard of Jane’s Revenge yet, you will.
Republicans promote violence and now they’re taking aim at their own members because they can’t tolerate diversity of opinions…or anyone who’s not MAGA enough. The GOP is the MAGA Party.
I predict before long, we’re going to see more political violence from the people who brought us the January 6 coup attempt.
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