Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) on Monday railed against the hypocrisy of Democrats who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, condemning the crowd of Donald Trump challengers in their far-right conspiracy theorist primary. controlled.
Meijer, who is seeking a second term representing Michigan’s third district, wrote in an essay for the website common sense On the eve of the August 2 primary that the Democratic congressional campaign committee has been one of the biggest financial backers of his Trump-backed rival John Gibbs.
“In one of many such naked political gambits aimed at upping a weak Republican candidate ahead of the November midterm elections, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $435,000 to promote Gibbs, who was denied election in the final days. Advertising purchases began. Our primary,” wrote Meijer, who said the amount was more than the amount Gibbs raised during his campaign and was nearly 100 times the $5,000 contribution he received from Trump’s Save America Super PAC.
“In other words, Democrats aren’t just attempting to promote one candidate to the finish line: they’re subsidizing their entire campaign,” the congressman said.
Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting a Capitol riot, noted that Gibbs — a former official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Trump — was “deterred by the results of the 2020 presidential election.” denies,” “accuses Obama administration officials of participating in bizarre satanic rituals,” “defended anti-Semitism on his now-shuttered Twitter account, and tweeted that Democrats’ Islam, gender-bending, The anti-police party is a racist!'”
By contrast, Meijer said, he was the first new lawmaker to recognize President Biden’s election victory and was in the Capitol when rioters tried to obstruct Congress’ certification of the Electoral College’s count.
,[Y]You would think that Democrats would look at John Gibbs and see the embodiment of what they say they fear most. That as patriots they will use every tool at their disposal to defeat him and similar candidates, which they say is an existential threat,” the Republican wrote. “Instead they are funding Gibbs.
“It’s completely shocking to see this revelation inside my party,” Meijer went on. “The only thing that has been more troubling is the ability of my Democratic colleagues to sell any pretense of principle for political justification—the use of their hard-raised dollars once condemning the collapse of democracy. The object of their fear to rationalize.”
Meijer isn’t the only one speaking out about the controversial Democratic strategy of pushing fringe GOP candidates into the primary with the view that they will be easier to defeat in November—some Democrats are, too.
“Such dirty games are part and parcel of political campaigns. But when you talk about putting money behind candidates who want to come to Washington and destroy our democracy… it is no longer a political dirty trick,” Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) told Politico last week.
Some Democrats fear that backing candidates like Gibbs could backfire and put him in office, given President Biden’s low approval rating.
“I want to win these races, but it worries me,” representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash) told the outlet. “I’m really concerned about promoting those who refuse the election and the idea that we’re going to be able to control what the voters want at the end of the day.” I
Aside from Meijer’s race, Democrats have used similar tactics in primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado and Illinois.
“Conventional wisdom dictates that these extreme candidates are less electable than the typical Republican Democrats who have been targeted to lose. But with Joe Biden as a historically unpopular president and inflation at 40-year highs, low -Election does not mean non-electable,” Meijer said.
“If successful, Republican voters will be to blame if any of these candidates are ultimately elected, but there is no doubt that the fingerprints of the Democrats will be on the weapon,” he concluded. “We must never forget that.”