With only 13 days to go before the general election, Republican congressional candidates are now threatening to sue television stations for broadcasting ads tying them to the toxic and deplorable Republican nominee Donald Trump. Republicans across the country are making these threats that the Huffington Post described as “empty” because, “Trump is so terrible, these Republicans are essentially arguing, that tying them to him amounts to defamation.”
Just two weeks before Election Day, five Republicans ― Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican running for an open seat that’s currently occupied by his brother ― contend that certain commercials paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee provide false or misleading information by connecting them to the GOP nominee.
Of the five congressman, the weakest claim surely belongs to Florida Republican David Jolly, who’s desperately afraid of being seen as supporting the Republican Party’s chief demagogue in his moderate Tampa district. The commercial narrates, “Imagine Trump as President and David Jolly supporting him,” and that is all it takes for a Republican to vow to sue in today’s political environment. It’s just one of the ads by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee which highlight similarities between Trump and the House Republicans running on his ticket. While Congressman Jolly is busy running away from Trump, it turns out that he actually supports many of the candidate’s irrational policies, such as defunding Planned Parenthood and opposing a women’s right to choose. So, Jolly’s high priced lawyers sent a threat letter to NBC station WFLA complaining that the ads were “false.”
Watch the ad that Florida Congressman David Jolly is desperate to keep off the air here:
New York Republican John Katko swore on camera that “absolutely will support” the GOP’s eventual nominee, but now claims that never happened.
Check out the ad he is desperate to hide:
Each of these Republican candidates are already in Congress and had the chance to gather their caucus and oppose Trump before he destroyed their party. The reality is that The Donald merely showed up and took their bad ideas to their rhetorical, illogical, utmost extreme, stealing their audience and hijacking their message.
There’s simply no true conservatism left in the radical alt-right Republican Party today, and these Congressmen sat idly by and watched it happen. Now, they’re going to pay the price in the court of public opinion and likely at the ballot box as an energized electorate holds them accountable for their support of The Donald.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.