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Figures from MSNBC, CNN and others have begun to criticize Democrats for promoting Trump-backed Republicans as a political gamble that could backfire for the party.
GOP Maryland gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox handily won the Republican nomination this week after former President Trump endorsed him. Yet while the group is hardly on par with him ideologically, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has spent more than $1 million on ads to elevate Cox, in what experts consider a gimmick. policy to pit established Democrats against Trump’s choices they consider easier to beat.
But media figures have suggested the move by left-wing groups is hypocritical, given their ongoing alarm over the state of American democracy, as well as risky. Several pundits have pointed out that Trump, as the polarizing Republican nominee in 2016, who Democrats said had no chance, won because of this same kind of political miscalculation.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes reacted to the idea last week, calling it a “crazy strategy.”
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Other personalities appearing on the channel were no less weary and condemned the new tactics of the Democrats. Frequent contributor Jason Johnson ridiculed the party, saying it should never fund a “terrorist front”, like in the Trump wing of the Republican Party.
“One of those [candidates] will end up biting the Democratic Party on the nose. I don’t know which of these candidates, maybe it’s Kari Lake [in Arizona]maybe it’s Cox, one of those people is gonna win eventually and everybody’s gonna be like ‘how did that happen’ and it’s like, yeah, blood’s on your hands,” said Johnson.
During that same panel segment, Democratic strategist Matthew Dowd also criticized the new policy strategy, calling it a “significant risk,” and warned that Democrats could inadvertently help elect a “conservative MAGA” as governor.
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“Why on earth should we raise candidates and try to lower other candidates who are the same and raise the crazies in the midst of this environment that we find ourselves in today?” said Dowd.
It is not just the Liberals who have come to this conclusion. Former special assistant to President George W. Bush, Scott Jennings, came to a similar conclusion to Dowd and Johnson during a Wednesday appearance on CNN.
“Somewhere in the country, one of these Democrat-backed Holocaust deniers is going to win a race that they – it’s going to backfire somewhere, and the only people they have to blame, the Democrats, will be themselves. “, did he declare. .
Jennings also questioned how Democrats could defend spending millions to secure the nomination of someone like Cox while calling Trump-backed Republicans a “threat to democracy.”
On CNN’s “Inside Politics,” guest Leigh Ann Caldwell of The Washington Post called the tactic “a new level of dirty politics.”
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CNN host SE Cupp called the decision “total negligence” during a discussion with John Avlon.
Brian Beutler, editor of Crooked Media, wrote a guest essay for The New York Times that a “more balanced approach” might serve Democrats better.
“… Adopting a cohesive overall strategy by honestly attesting to the state of the Republican field as a whole, rather than picking a few bad apples and spending millions of dollars strengthening them,” Beutler wrote.
Only time will tell if Trump’s aid to Cox in a state the former president lost handily in 2016 and 2020 will push Cox to victory in November, or if the DGA’s strategy to back him up will result in a democratic triumph.
“Trump has had a mixed bag when it comes to gubernatorial races in open primaries. Obviously he’s had more success in Maryland, pushing Cox over the finish line,” Fox told Fox. News a veteran Republican strategist who asked to remain anonymous.
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Previous wins for Darren Bailey in Illinois and Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, plus Cox’s victory on Tuesday, give Trump bragging rights after the former president suffered setbacks in other top-flight matchups. Republican gubernatorial level this primary season. A year and a half away from the White House, Trump remains a powerful figure in the GOP as he continues to play the role of kingmaker in party politics and repeatedly teases a run for the White House in 2024.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.