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Just 19% of Biden Supporters Say Marriage and Childbearing Should Be a Societal Priority

A new survey has revealed that widening cultural polarization between Republican and Democratic voters is becoming increasingly evident as the November election approaches. On key hot-button issues regarding marriage and family, abortion, gun ownership, race, immigration, and biological sex, Biden and Trump supporters are displaying widely divergent worldviews.

The poll results, released last week by the Pew Research Center, surveyed over 8,000 adults (including over 7,000 registered voters) in early April. The survey “examines the political values of the Biden and Trump coalitions that underlie policy attitudes in many of these areas,” wrote Pew.

For electoral analysts like Family Research Council Action Director Matt Carpenter, one statistic on the views that supporters of the Democratic president have on marriage and family particularly stands out.

“If you want to understand why Americans are so divided, look no further than how partisanship affects views on family formation and childbearing,” Carpenter told The Washington Stand. “Just 19% of Biden voters say society is better off if people make marriage and having children a priority, compared to 59% of Trump voters. If Americans are so divided on something as basic as forming families and having children, then it stands to reason there is not much else that would bring us together.”

The Left’s continued unrelenting support for abortion on demand likely plays into its apathy toward children. Pew reported that “88% of Biden supporters say abortion should be legal in all or most cases,” compared to 38% of Trump supporters who say the same.

Other cultural issues that exhibited the starkest divide included the Second Amendment, with 23% of Biden supporters agreeing with the statement, “Gun ownership does more to increase safety by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,” compared to 86% of Trump supporters.

Race also proved to be a divisive issue, with 27% of Trump supporters agreeing with the statement, “The legacy of slavery affects the position of Black people in American society today a great deal/fair amount,” compared to 79% of Biden supporters.

Pew’s findings regarding the debate over Biden’s open border policies, which has consistently proven to be among the most concerning issues for voters, also showed a significant chasm between conservatives and liberals. In response to a statement that is almost certainly a veiled reference to the border debate (“America’s openness to people from all over the world is essential to who we are as a nation”), 36% of Trump supporters agreed, compared to 87% of Biden supporters.

The debate over transgenderism also proved to be particularly polarizing, with only 9% of Trump supporters agreeing with the biasly-worded pro-transgender statement, “Someone can be a man or a woman even if that is different from the sex they were assigned at birth,” compared to 59% of Biden supporters. However, Pew went on to note that the overall American trend toward supporting the idea that biological sex can be changed appears to be reversing. “[A] growing share of voters (65%) say that whether a person is a man or woman is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth,” the report stated.

Another area that Americans appear to be broadly at odds over is the proper response to rising crime and lawlessness, with 40% of Biden supporters agreeing with the statement, “The criminal justice system in this country is generally not tough enough on criminals,” compared to 81% of Trump supporters.

But what most concerned Carpenter about Pew’s survey was the fact that only one in five Democrats appear to acknowledge that marriage and childbearing are the foundation for a society’s future.

“The progressive Left would be wise to try to turn their apathy around on family and kids — those two things are essential for the future of any community, nation, or civilization,” he emphasized. “If they want to keep arguing with conservatives on things like immigration, the economy, the Second Amendment, etc. in the future, they would do well to make sure there are some of them around in the future for that debate.”

AUTHOR

Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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The Art of War and Why Republicans Must Learn It

A popular trend among self-styled conservative pundits is to mock Democrats and left-wingers as stupid, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. Every time that Joe Biden invents a new dialect of gibberish, every time that Kamala Harris cackles like a hyena in public, every time that a White House press secretary has to “circle back,” every time that a Democrat-nominated Supreme Court pick can’t answer basic questions about basic biology, it’s fodder for Fox News’s alternative to “The Tonight Show.” But for all the outrageous, logic-defying nonsense that Democrats spout, there is one field of study that they have mastered completely: war.

It was once the case that Democrats and Republicans agreed on representing the best interests of the American people but simply disagreed on how best to represent those best interests. Should we raise taxes to provide more services for those who can’t afford them otherwise, or should we lower taxes so that those folks can afford those services on their own? Should we regulate this market or that to ensure that companies are trading fairly, or should we trust the public to make their preferences known through the almighty dollar?

This system no longer exists, and if events continue on their current trajectory — unobstructed, unchallenged, and unchanged — then the very America which could even facilitate such a system will be no more than a distant memory relegated to the realm of impossibility. At this juncture in time, there is no common ground, there is no agreement between Democrats and Republicans on representing the best interests of the American people or even on what those best interests are. Now, there is only war, and Republicans are losing. Worse than that, some Republicans seem to be blithely unaware that they are even involved in a war.

Democrats have captured and weaponized nearly every single American institution of any significance or consequence. Schools catechize children in LGBTism and secretly transgenderify kids, the FBI targets American Catholics and concerned parents as potential domestic terrorists, and the Democrats’ chief political opponent has been convicted in a sham trial that would have made even a Soviet’s jaw drop. What few institutions the Democrats don’t completely control are ignored, undermined, and targeted for either retribution or annihilation. The Democratic president openly defies the orders of the Supreme Court while his dogs in corporate media smear the credibility of its most conservative justices. Immigration law is blatantly and repeatedly flouted, leaving the nation’s borders in a dangerous shamble. The lawful impeachment of Democratic officials is summarily dismissed by the Party’s operatives in the Senate.

While Democrats have spent the past several decades infiltrating and slowly capturing and weaponizing everything they could get their hands on, too many Republicans spent that time poring over polling data, looking for “consensus” and “political viability.” In other words, Democrats were preparing for war while innumerable naïve Republicans were working on marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, there is still a wing of the Republican Party where this apparent blissful unawareness of the raging conflict over America’s soul is the norm.

Just last week, Democrats brutalized the American justice system in a punitive effort to imprison their chief political opponent, Donald Trump. The trial was a sham from the start. A Democratic prosecutor brought misdemeanor charges — that other prosecutors had already decided amounted to nothing — and elevated them to felony charges on the claim that Trump had committed another crime he has never been convicted of. The trial was conducted in a heavily-Democratic venue with a Democrat presiding as judge who devised a novel set of jury instructions — all to keep a political candidate off the campaign trail and put him in prison. Trump now faces a potential maximum of 20 years in prison.

The Trump conviction galvanized Republican voters. Countless conservatives who had expressed doubts about voting for Trump in 2024 now donned MAGA hats, tens of millions of dollars in campaign donations started rolling in, and polling shows that Republican voters are even more likely to back Trump after his conviction. But the naked abuse of the justice system didn’t galvanize Republican officials on the same scale. Some were bold enough to pledge to stand up to the Democratic Party’s Soviet-style political pogrom, defiantly pledging not to “aid and abet this White House in its project to tear this country apart.” But some seemingly just shrugged and went back to “business as usual.”

On Tuesday, for example, seven Republican senators voted with Democrats to confirm a Biden appointee to a federal court. Democrats had all the votes that they needed, no Republican vote was necessary. But instead, seven Republicans — after having witnessed Biden and his Democratic Party cronies subvert, abuse, and weaponize the courts and the justice system in a clear attempt to imprison the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — after having witnessed the Democrats attack and castigate the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, for years — even after all that, these seven Republicans still felt the need to turn their back on their own party, cross the aisle, and give their seal of approval to a Biden judicial pick.

Democrats aren’t stupid, but it seems that some Republicans might be. Up until recently, Republicans simply have not understood war. An entire swath of elected Republicans are still under the impression that they’re in high school debate club, that the teacher may stand up any minute now and remind the other team to play by the rules. There are no rules anymore. The prolific William F. Buckley, Jr. once offered his definition of what a conservative is: “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” Years ago, Republicans took this definition to heart, resulting in page after page of “strongly-worded letters,” thousands of tweets, and a nearly-unlimited supply of instances of Republicans crying out, “Hypocrisy!”

Democrats decided years ago that policy is war: anything that can be fashioned into a weapon will be, and no quarter will be given. Republicans must understand that Democrats do not value bipartisanship, they do not value a Republican senator’s seal of approval, they do not seek common ground — they eviscerated common ground with a scalpel and sucked up its body parts with a vacuum and now sell its organs on the black market. Democrats seek complete and total dominance. Not a compromise, not a coalition, not a peaceful transition of power, not a treaty, not a return to normalcy, only complete and total social, cultural, financial, political, and even spiritual dominance.

It is necessary now for Republicans to, in the words of William Shakespeare, “imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage…” The blast of war has blown in our ears, and all the compromises in the world will not appease the appetites of Hell, the very appetites fueling the abortion industry, Pride Month and the LGBT agenda, institutionalized child-grooming, and the opening of America’s borders to criminal cartels and millions of unidentified individuals with unknown motives. The majority of Democrats have made the wanton butchering of unborn children the central tenet of their scheme for the nation, they celebrate the sin of sodomy and tell its practitioners that they and their worth are defined by their aberrant sex acts, they condone ripping children’s groins to shreds and call the whole grisly affair “lifesaving.”

One of the chief reasons, of course, that Trump has been targeted is that he taught Republicans the art of war in a way they had forgotten decades prior. Republicans had been sending their finest debaters and orators to Washington, D.C. for years; Trump came as a pugilist, wearing a pair of rhetorical brass knuckles. Others have had the courage to follow his lead. A new generation of Republicans — both in office and on the ground — have learned that the nation is devoured by war and have determined not to debate, not to discuss, not to compromise, but to fight for the heart and soul of America. Men like Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro had the gall to stand for the American people and are now being sent to prison for their courage. Senators like Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) have the temerity to put America’s interests above their own and are slandered for it.

History, the legendary Winston Churchill once theorized, will be written by the victors. How will this chapter of America’s history be written? Will Trump be vilified as a traitor and a convicted felon, or will he be remembered as a man who put even his freedom on the line for the American people? Will the Democrats be remembered as champions of democracy, or will they go down in history alongside the NKVD and KGB? To determine the answer to these questions, Republican officials must decide whether or not they are willing to fight for the Americans they represent and the principles upon which this nation was founded. And Republican voters must decide who they want representing them — principled pugilists or the authors of strongly-worded letters?

The present chapter of America’s history will be written by those with the will to fight, those with the courage and conviction not to back down in the face of corruption and political persecution. Such men and women are out there, such men and women are even now fighting that fight. The only question is whether the American people will stand behind them as they, like the Bard, cry, “Once more unto the breach!” or whether the American people will be placated by strongly-worded letters.

AUTHOR

S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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Johnson: Dems ‘Pushed the Pendulum Too Far’ with Trump, It’s ‘Backfiring’

Washington, D.C. has been unusually drama-free with Congress scattered for the Memorial Day break. Of course, New York was more than happy to pick up the slack with its sham trial against former President Donald Trump — a prosecution, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) warned Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, that’s put our entire country at “a crisis point.”

The Republican leader, like so many conservatives, has watched the proceedings with alarm, understanding all too well the political volatility that might result. “I’m hearing a lot of frustration, and I’m hearing dismay,” Johnson said on “This Week on the Hill.” “You know, people are losing faith in our institutions across the board,” he warned, “… not the least of which is our system of justice.” Frankly, the speaker pointed out, this whole charade “is a serious threat to a constitutional republic. … And I think we’re at a crisis point, because people see what is happening here.”

The facts are clear, Johnson insisted. Americans “see that President Trump is quite obviously being targeted because he is the nominee of the Republican Party for president, and he is a threat to them. He’s leading in the polls, as we mentioned earlier; he’s leading in the swing states — almost all of them now against President Biden. And they’re terrified that he’ll be reelected, the radical Left. And so what do they do? They use the justice system to go after him, try to diminish him, try to keep him off the campaign trail, and do real damage to his chances to win back the White House. I don’t think it’s going to work … but I do think it’s doing serious — and hopefully, not permanent — damage to the people’s faith and our system of justice.”

On the flip side, the case has certainly seemed to galvanize Republicans, who sent the former president a resounding message of support with their dollars after the guilty verdict. In a stunning windfall, Trump’s campaign headquarters said it was inundated with contributions after the 45th president was convicted of 34 felonies. The $53 million haul shattered records, nearly matching what the GOP candidate had raised in the last six months of 2023. And according to two of Trump’s advisors, “This momentum is just getting started.”

And that’s exactly what should worry Democrats. “In a funny kind of way,” former Speaker Newt Gingrich argued, this whole conviction may “backfire on the Left and leave them, I think, weaker than they were if they never [had] gone down this road.” He’s right, according to ABC, who found Trump’s favorability actually increased after the verdict. Across a large swath of the country, he pointed out, “I think people just looked up and said, ‘This is now so sick that I have to get involved.’”

Johnson, who’s been in 112 cities since last October, can testify to that. In his conversation with Perkins, he pointed to one of the biggest signs of momentum for Trump, which is the “enthusiasm gap” between conservatives and the Left. “The Republican Party is animated. And the more … the Democrats try to abuse our justice system and engage in lawfare against our nominee, President Trump, the more energy and enthusiasm there is in the Republican base. It actually is [boomeranging] on them pretty fantastically.”

Then, of course, there are all the actual problems from the last three years of Biden’s policies — “the economy, the cost of living, the rising of crime rates, the open border” — each failure digging the hole deeper for this White House. “I mean, every issue hits home to people,” the speaker insisted. “And I think that the Republicans and an increasing number of other demographics that have never been reliably Republican — [the] Hispanic community, African American community, the Jewish community — I think they’re going to come out and vote in droves for the Republican side, and they’re going to return the levers of power in Washington back to our side, because they desperately need and deserve answers to all these great challenges, and we’re going to supply them.”

In the meantime, Johnson is celebrating the news that Republicans have reinforcements in the form of Vince Fong, who’s taking Kevin McCarthy’s seat from California. “He will bring our Republican majority back to 218 votes. So I will double my majority,” he half-joked. “I can’t wait.”

It will certainly be helpful to the GOP, which has its work cut out for itself in the six-month ramp-up to the election. “When we get back after Memorial Day,” Johnson wanted people to know, “we’re going to address this [anti-Israel] International Criminal Court madness that we talked about. Congress will move on our legislation, and then we’ll shift immediately into and concurrently be working on our appropriations cycle. We’re trying to get our 12 separate appropriations bills done. We have a very aggressive schedule now through the end of July to move that through the process. It takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of work,” he underscored.

But jumping back into the work of the American people will also help Johnson’s party paint a stark contrast to what the Left is focused on: jailing Trump. “I mean, as fed-up as everyone is with virtually everything right now, every metric of public policy having been destroyed by the Biden administration, people are very optimistic that we can turn this around. They really are. And that’s what the latest polling shows.” The only election ad Democrats are running is a “raw abuse of power.”

As far as the speaker is concerned, the president’s party “pushed the pendulum too far. I think it truly is going to be swinging back in the right direction. … I’m telling you,” Johnson emphasized, “something’s happening out there, and it’s going to be very positive for November.”

AUTHOR

Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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Poll: Almost Three Quarters of Voters Say Biden’s America Is On the ‘Wrong Track’

New polling has revealed that almost three-quarters of American voters believe that the nation is on the “wrong track” under President Joe Biden, a historically high amount. The news comes as the president faces additional surveys indicating that states previously considered safely blue are becoming competitive in the November election.

Poll results from Hart Research/NBC News published Wednesday show that 73% of U.S. voters say the country is on the “wrong track,” which equals a record high level not seen in the last 35 years. The previous high of 70% was reached at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, while Barack Obama saw a high of 65% of voters disapprove of the country’s direction on three different occasions.

“The American people rightly perceive the chaos of the Biden administration,” FRC Action Director Matt Carpenter told The Washington Stand. “Whether it’s chaos at the southern border, the rise in crime in our citiesincreasing prices at the pump and checkout lines, Americans are wondering why the Biden administration doesn’t do more for working Americans and their families.”

Carpenter continued, “To date, the response has been either, ‘You just don’t know how great it is, the economy is better than ever!’ or ‘We feel your pain, it’s those greedy corporations and evil Republicans!’ Unfortunately, for the president’s reelection prospects, this message is not resonating with voters. I think if Biden spent less time promoting abortion, same-sex marriage, and extreme transgender ideology abroad and more time making the lives of American citizens better, he wouldn’t be staring at polls showing almost 75% of Americans thinking the country is out of control.”

Meanwhile, polls also continue to show Biden trailing former President Donald Trump in key swing states, as Carpenter went on to note.

“As the election stands today, former President Trump is leading in the six or seven battleground states that will determine who is sworn in as the next president,” he commented. “In 2020, polling consistently underestimated then-president Trump’s support, and the final polling underestimated his national support by about four points. Today, Trump leads in the RealClearPolitics polling average in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, anywhere from 5.4 points in Nevada, to 0.1 point in Wisconsin.”

Additional polling suggests that Biden’s troubles don’t end there. As Carpenter further detailed, states that were once considered safe Democratic wins now appear to be moving in the opposite direction.

“[It]ts possible we might see the list of battleground states expand to the next tranche of competitive states — states like Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Virginia,” he explained. “In fact, there is evidence these states could soon be added to the list of battleground states. Recently, we’ve seen Trump and Biden tied in a Roanoke College poll of Virginia voters at 42% a piece, we’ve seen another recent poll of Minnesotans showing Biden up by a slim two points, and some lesser-known pollsters in Maine and New Hampshire have shown a Biden lead well within the margin of error.”

Carpenter concluded by predicting that the Biden team may be forced to spend more campaign money and more time in a wider swath of states than they had originally planned.

“If Biden can’t find his footing on economic messaging, if he can’t stop bleeding support among younger male voters, black voters, and Hispanic voters, you might see a late summer move by the Biden campaign to invest in some of these states that had previously been considered relatively safe for the president.”

AUTHOR

Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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Johnson: ‘If Just One out of Every 100’ Illegals Vote, It Will Change the Outcome of the Election

Democrats are good actors, but they aren’t that good. After three and a half years of Joe Biden’s wide open borders, the president’s party wants voters to believe they suddenly care about the crisis. Good luck, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) wrote. The only thing they care about, he argued, is their own political vulnerability. And while Americans have made it quite clear that they want to end the lawlessness, it’s doubtful that they’ll “hire the arsonists to put out the fire,” Thune jabbed.

After last week, when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reintroduced his failure of a border bill, no one is convinced Democrats can pull off this charade — or negotiate in good faith. The legislation, which is all part of a “new stunt” to “impersonate Republicans,” Thune argued, bombed by even bigger margins the second time around. That was no surprise to the policy’s critics, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who insisted the Democrats’ proposal “would actually make the problem worse.”

On “This Week on the Hill” with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the Louisiana leader pointed out that the Left’s solution is to make “President Biden’s crazy policies” law. It was a “show vote,” he said, “to give cover to some vulnerable Senate Democrats,” but it would do nothing — zero — to stop the flood of migrants overwhelming U.S. cities.

“Listen, we’re coming up on an election now,” Johnson explained. “We’re six months out, and this has gone on for three and a half years. We documented, as you and I have discussed, 64 specific executive actions that President Biden and his administration took since the day he walked into the Oval Office to open that border wide. They did it intentionally,” he pointed out. “It was designed that way, and that’s why they’ve never closed it. As we sit here today, President Biden has the same exact executive authority to close and secure the border that he’s had since the day he walked into the Oval Office, but he’s done the opposite. He’s refused to use that authority. Now they’re panicking. You know why? Because it’s the number one issue around the country.”

The speaker, who’s traveled to 110 cities in 28 states in the last six months, hears more about this one issue than anything else. “I’m telling you, everywhere we go, it doesn’t matter where I am geographically in the United States, [people’s] first [concern] is that open border, because every state is a border state. The Democrats are in panic right now because they know that. And they’re feeling that even in deep blue districts, in blue cities, they’re feeling it. So many of the candidates, Democrats, are clamoring to try to show somehow that they actually care about the border when their votes show the opposite.”

Schumer’s “pathetic ploy” to hold a vote “is a fool’s errand,” Johnson insisted. “I think the voters understand that.” The real problem, he wanted people to know, is what could happen if illegal immigration isn’t addressed. “We’ve been saying this for quite some time. I was accused when I started saying this a couple of years ago of engaging in some sort of conspiracy theory — but very clearly, they want illegal immigrants to be turned into voters. That’s patently clear.”

And, to most people’s disgust, it’s already happening. “Some municipalities are doing it, including right here in the District of Columbia, which we have legislation to address,” Johnson said, referring to the SAVE Act that will require proof of citizenship to vote in every state for federal elections, which Congress has jurisdiction over. “That is a really important principle,” he continued. “Only American citizens should decide American elections. But not all Democrats agree with that. And they want to affect the census in six years by putting people around and changing the congressional map. And they want to affect elections between now and then. We’ve got to stop it.”

As it currently stands, anyone who lives in the District for at least 30 days can vote in local elections. All you have to do is go to the local welfare office or DMV and fill out the paperwork. There’s no way to verify if people who check the box, “Yes, I am an American citizen,” truly are. But, Johnson vowed, “We’re going to ensure that the D.C. City Council’s crazy agenda to allow illegals to decide American elections is not allowed to stand. I think that’ll pass in a bipartisan vote. Sadly, I wish all Democrats would be with us, but I think many of them won’t be. And that’ll be a very telling thing when you see that voting record and determine how you vote for your elected member of the House this fall.”

Right now, reports estimate that there are as many as 17 million illegals in the country — an astronomical number that could absolutely affect the election, the House leader warns. “Just think of it. … If just one out of every 100 of them tried to vote in a local election — because they’re spread all around the country — you could change the outcome of the presidential race or certainly congressional races.”

The stakes, Johnson points out, have never been higher. “These are expected to be tight margins this year, so we have to make sure that the sanctity of American elections is protected.

AUTHOR

Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

EDITORS NOTE: This Washington Stand column is republished with permission. All rights reserved. ©2024 Family Research Council.


The Washington Stand is Family Research Council’s outlet for news and commentary from a biblical worldview. The Washington Stand is based in Washington, D.C. and is published by FRC, whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a biblical worldview. We invite you to stand with us by partnering with FRC.

Historically Democratic Demographics Ditching Biden for Trump

President Joe Biden is hemorrhaging support from a historically pro-Democrat voting bloc. The latest I&I/TIPP Poll published this week suggests that 59% of black voters favor Biden over his Republican opponent, former President Donald Trump. In 2020, a staggering 87% of black voters supported Biden, representing a drop of nearly 30 percentage points over the past four years.

Matt Carpenter, director of FRC Action, explained to The Washington Stand, “In past elections, a singular poll here or there would show Democratic support among black voters slipping, and the results on election day would confirm there was no significant movement of black support away from the Democrats. This election we have seen consistent polling showing this is happening.” He continued, “I think the reason is simple: a generational divide is forming within the voting black population. Younger black voters are coming of age, entering the voting booth, and are choosing candidates who fit their ideological preferences or who speak to their concerns about the direction of the country.”

Carpenter added, “They’re less likely to show loyalty to the Democratic Party if they don’t believe the Democratic Party is conservative enough for them, or isn’t doing enough to address their concerns about the state of the economy or the border or crime.” He concluded, “I suspect we will see this divide show up in a big way on November 5.”

Ken Blackwell, Family Research Council’s senior fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance, explained to TWS why black voters are abandoning the Democratic presidential candidate in favor of Trump.

“The real break and movement away from the Republican Party happened in 1968, very much akin to what’s happening now: protests across campuses and in the major cities. The black vote has become the most stable demographic in the Democratic quiver since 1968,” he said. “What’s interesting to me now and is accounting for the shift is the bankruptcy of public safety initiatives in major Democratic cities that have become crime-ridden. Cities have become not fields of dreams but battlefields and fields of destruction. And safety is a big deal in the black community.”

Blackwell added, “Couple that with the fact that the lowest levels of black unemployment in history came under the first Trump term — he was growing the economy, there were meaningful jobs being created, he passed a very important Second Chance law for people who had been convicted of lesser crimes. He was walking the walk.”

“I think what you began to see starting in 2020 was a shift of the black male vote. All of the polling information reported that black males between the ages of 25 and 40 were in a high percentage beginning to take a serious look at Trump,” Blackwell clarified. “Right now, because of the safety problems in our cities, because of school choice, you’re starting to see some bleeding of the black female vote away from Biden too.”

He continued, “In places like Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, this open-borders policy is killing Biden. It’s rhetorically catchy to say every state is a border state, but when you start to see Biden giving housing, cell phones, and clothes to illegal immigrants, people notice. And where are they locating them? In many cases, in black middle-class communities. So people are drawing the line. They just aren’t going to take it.”

“You can ‘not like’ Trump, but the reality is that he is consistent,” Blackwell further observed. “He basically campaigned in 2016 on his Second Chance program, and most politicians in general have campaign promises that they forget until the next election season. But there was so much consistency in what he promised and what he did when he was elected. And as a consequence, he in fact had his list of promises made. He became the first president to get 12 million more votes in his reelection campaign than he did in his first election. And that’s because he delivered — including to black communities across the country. So this might be the hardest pool of voters for him, particularly among black women, but the movement toward Trump is starting to be … significant.”

The I&I/TIPP Poll also showed Biden losing support among Hispanic voters. In 2020, Biden won 65% of the Hispanic demographic, against Trump’s 32%. Now, only 47% of Hispanic voters express support for Biden, while 26% back Trump and 13% back Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

This is in line with polling data from the past several months, forming a trend. An Axios/Ipsos poll found that even though Hispanic voters largely identify as Democrats, Biden’s popularity among that demographic has fallen from 53% in 2021 to 41% as of last month. Meanwhile, Trump’s popularity among Hispanic voters has increased from 24% to 32%, diminishing Biden’s advantage over Trump from 29% to a mere 9%. Among Hispanic voters who say they plan to vote in November, Biden’s advantage falls even lower, to only 3%. A study published by the Pew Research Center also found that the share of Hispanic voters who identify as Democrats has fallen by 13 percentage points just since 2016.

Another historically Democratic voting bloc has also been abandoning Biden: American Catholics. A Pew Research Center survey last month found that Trump is leading Biden by 12 points (55% to 43%) among Catholic voters. In 2020, Trump maintained only a one-point advantage over Biden. Earlier this year, another survey showed that battleground state Catholics prefer Trump to Biden 54% to 31%, with 15% undecided.

Significantly, the survey found that Catholic voters consider Biden and the Democratic Party to be “too extreme” on abortion. A prior study found that Catholics have been steadily abandoning Democrats as their abortion advocacy has increased.

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S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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Biblical Marriage Must Remain Intact in the Republican Party

With the Republican National Convention set to be held this summer, this means that also on the horizon is the decision of whether or not the Republican Party keeps in place its current party platform adopted in 2020 or puts forward an updated version with changes.

Aside from its pro-life stance against abortion, the platform’s support for natural biblical marriage is a major distinction that has always set Republicans apart from Democrats — the saints from the sinners. We are the party of rule and law, civility and decorum, discipline, and honor; not debauchery, rioting, lewdness, or indecency. This is because we stand for truth. But if Republicans compromise on the fact that marriage is only between man and woman, this would mean a departure from Truth. It would create such an irreversible crack away from our core principles that the party would lose its way and ultimately lead to breaking apart. Therefore, any attempts to weaken our platform’s position on traditional marriage should be squashed at the outset.

The possibility that the GOP’s current language on marriage could be challenged is very real. Conversations and debates among leadership and delegates about the Republican Party’s platform occur every four years and coincide with the timing of the party’s convention, which is planned this year for July 15-18th, in Milwaukee. When the last Republican Convention was held in 2020, the Republican Party leadership and delegates came to an agreement to not amend but keep in place the platform’s language in its entirety that had been adopted in 2016 — and which still is in place today. Our current platform has language that upholds traditional marriage and properly states: “[t]raditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values.”

Amen.

Behind-the-scenes discussions are underway about whether or not to keep the current Republican platform in place as written or to make changes to it, so if any debate and negations occur, this will all be done prior to the actual main convention gathering. But make no mistake — there is a contingent within the Republican Party plotting to change our position on traditional marriage. After all, the woke agenda to soften Christian teachings on marriage has crept into American churches — so no place is off limits to this sinful agenda.

LGBT advocates will likely cite and point to the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision from 2015 and make a false claim that this is now the law of the land, set in stone, and therefore conservative Republicans should move forward and let others in the party modernize the platform and appeal to more voters. But the Republican platform’s current language rightfully addresses this argument and outright “condemn[s]” the high court’s past ruling against marriage, which is worth pointing out, was made during the Obama administration. In fact, when the current Supreme Court decision decided to reverse Roe v. Wade, in his opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that Obergefell v. Hodges should also be reconsidered, which implied overturned. And his suggestion is not such a long-shot possibility.

Many may recall the bravery shown by Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky, who rightfully stood by her moral convictions and refused to write out a marriage license to two gay-identifying men. And while she has faced enormous persecution since then, being slapped with a penalty of $360,000 (and just last month was denied appeal), her lawyers plan to take her case to the Supreme Court; the same path that was taken to overturn Roe v. Wade.

While having pro-marriage language included in our platform is no guarantee that all Republican elected leaders will fall in line (as we saw when 12 Republican U.S. Senators voted against natural marriage and supported the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act), if this critical language were to be removed, then it is all but guaranteed that our Republican representation becomes even weaker in fending off the Democrats’ side to turn all of America into Sodom and Gomorrah. This is because the Republican platform that is decided and written this year will serve as a guide for influencing current and future Republican candidates and elected leaders, both at local, state, and federal levels.

This is why any born-again believer who disconnects themselves from American politics and thinks that the fight for marriage within the Republican Party has nothing to do with them, needs to understand this is delusional thinking and they are only lying to themselves.

There is no other matter before us more important than the cultural fight for marriage. Supporting marriage, as created by God, is the starting point from which all other policy issues flow. This one matters most because it affects children. By natural design, children need to be reared by both a mom and dad, and for their mental and physical well-being, they need their parents to be married to each other. As a national advocate to protect children from being exposed to perverse drag queen story hours and pornographic materials in school, I can make the argument that there is a direct correlation between the growing trend to legitimatize the homosexual lifestyle on par with marriage, to children being sexually exploited and abused.

This means that the time for all true born-again believers, including American pastors, to engage and rise up publicly in support of traditional marriage is now and well past overdue.

Our democratic system involves various levels of engagement. Voting on Election Day (which is absolutely critical) is just one piece of the process. Engaging in the court of public opinion is another, and it is something we can do. And it starts within our inner circle of friends and family. Turning a blind eye and self-censuring oneself in conversation about marriage is the wrong choice. Speaking up in defense of natural marriage is a good thing and nothing to be embarrassed about. As Psalm 119 shows us, if we truly love the Lord, then we love His law, including His Natural Law.

Most informed born-again Christians, especially those of older age, align with the Republican Party, and the reason that the platform has always upheld both marriage and a pro-life position (two fundamental biblical principles) is due to countless faceless Christian believers who have over the years served as delegates and made sure of this. What is vitally important to recognize is that the ability to withstand any upcoming challenges to water down our solid stance on traditional marriage (or our pro-life position) can be eased with the help of fellow believers.

Writing op-eds, speaking from the pulpit, doing media interviews, and attending local and state political meetings to advocate for marriage can make a big difference and are small prices to pay when taking into account how we are beyond privileged to live in this nation, thanks to the selfless Americans who have gone before us and sacrificed life and limb.

American pastors in particular can help turn the tide and use their influence and public forums to speak up; though some may try to use the Johnson Amendment as an excuse not to. But the fact that LBJ authored this law as revenge against conservatives who believed him to be a communist, should be enough revelation to make the case that the Johnson Amendment should be repealed. And considering how liberals faced no real obstacle in getting the Defense of Marriage Act repealed, it should be sufficient proof to show just how far behind the eight ball most American churches are.

None of us can afford to be lackadaisical anymore. Marriage is primary to the foundation of America and fundamental for a functioning healthy society. If we don’t stand for marriage, then we stand for nothing. The Republican Party must continue to support traditional marriage. Keep the language as written and add no language to it that would compromise this position.

This article originally appeared in The Christian Post.

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John Amanchukwu

John K. Amanchukwu Sr. is an influential preacher, author, and activist who spreads God’s truth. Along with serving his local church in North Carolina, John travels nationally to speak, preach and confront school boards.

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Left-Wing Donors Gave More than $3.3 Million to Pro-Hamas Activities since 2016

With tent cities springing up across American campuses, filled with anti-Semitic activists who are openly supporting U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations, you could be forgiven for suspecting that this activism was not wholly organic. And you would be right.

Fingerprints of Further Funding

Take the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University, where “students sleep in tents apparently ordered from Amazon and enjoy delivery pizza, coffee from Dunkin’, free sandwiches worth $12.50 from Pret a Manger, organic tortilla chips and $10 rotisserie chickens,” according to the New York Post. That is not the sort of event a campus student association organizes on its semesterly stipend — certainly not the sort of event a student association could sustain for now more than a week.

It’s not just Columbia University. These tent encampments — with an odd near-uniformity to their pup tents — have popped up at dozens of campuses all across the country. Dozens, scores, and hundreds of students have walked out of classes only weeks before finals, and they are glamping on the lawn instead of cramming in the library. Who is behind all this?

Paid Activists

The Post discovered that at least some encampments appear to be coordinated by paid activists. A left-wing activist coalition called the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) sponsors a “Youth Organizing Fellowship” that offers college students an unheard-of $24-$28/hour wage to organize supposedly “local campaigns,” which are really backed by the training, mentorship, and ongoing support of this extremely well-funded activist network. In 2023, USCPR hired eight youth fellows, three of which have recently appeared at pro-Hamas encampments at UC Berkeley, Yale, and UT Austin, according to photographs sleuthed out by the Post.

Those who visit the USCPR website today will not find any youth fellows listed. The activist group “has just begun a new class of 2024 youth fellows,” they conveniently claim. Instead, they suggest repeatedly, “Check back for more information,” which innocently suggests to viewers they haven’t had time to update their website yet. However, according to their advertisement, applications for the position closed on April 3, just over two weeks before the recent mayhem on university campuses began.

On one hand, this could be mere coincidence. On the other hand, it could be that USCPR youth fellows (nothing said they had to only hire eight this year) have played a major role in organizing these campus encampments, at least the more influential ones. If that is the case, then USCPR deliberately timed its hiring so that its website would reveal no information about its youth fellows until after their encampment campaign — perhaps even after the semester. Given the presence of former USCPR youth fellows — who, presumably, are no longer on their payroll — at these protests, it seems likely that their current youth fellows would also be involved, simply due to running in the same circles of protest culture.

The USCPR Network

The USCPR coalition includes Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), CODEPINK, National Lawyers Guild (NLG), and the Westchester Peace Action Committee (WESPAC), among many other groups. In 2021, USCPR had a total income of $1.5 million total expenses of $1 million.

USCPR’s official name is Education for Just Peace in the Middle East. Under that name, USCPR received $355,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund between 2018-2023, and it received $700,000 from the Soros family’s Open Society Foundation between 2018-2022 (the most recent years for which data is available).

In 2018, Tablet Magazine reported that USCPR was “the fiscal sponsor of a group called the Palestinian BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] National Committee (BNC),” which in turn was linked to Palestinian terrorist groups. One of BNC’s members, listed on its website, is the Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (PNIF). Five members of PNIF are U.S.-designated terrorist organizations: Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad the Palestine Liberation Front, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and the Popular Front — General Command (PFLP-GC).

For those like me who have never run across the term before, fiscal sponsorship is where one nonprofit receives and administers donations intended for another organization that lacks nonprofit status. (The National Council of Nonprofits argues that the practice does have a place in helping new charities get started, but to the uninitiated outsider this arrangement also looks like a legal way to launder money.) Remember this term, because it will reoccur below.

Local chapters of USCPR affiliate SJP organized many of the Gaza encampments, including those at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, Ohio State, and Emory. Also involved in the Columbia occupation is JVP, another USCPR affiliate that co-organized an October 2023 protest in which demonstrators illegally entered a House office building and were arrested.

However, USCPR is not the only source of funding for organizations within its orbit organizing campus occupations. From 2017-2022, Soros’s Open Society contributed $775,000 directly to JVP, while the Rockefeller Brothers Fund gave the group $490,000 from 2019-2023.

Financial information on SJP is harder to obtain because the organization is not registered as a nonprofit. Another USCPR member, WESPAC, serves as SJP’s fiscal sponsor. It makes sense that SJP, which declared Hamas’s October 7 terror attack to be “a historic win for the Palestinian resistance,” would wish to conceal its funding streams. It also makes sense that SJP would not wish to register as a nonprofit organization, since that designation might be justly removed based on its activities and statements. Hence, it’s secretive funding mechanisms.

Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y. in Westchester County, the Westchester Peace Action Committee seems like a small, local nonprofit — at first. Nevertheless, WESPAC plays an inconspicuous but important role in supporting the national anti-Israel movement. It does this by allowing itself to be used as a fiscal sponsor to fringe extremist groups that might otherwise lose their tax-exempt status. According to the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, WESPAC has fiscally sponsored 22 organizations since 2000, but 15 of those organizations were anti-Israel or pro-Palestine, with no more than one organization in any other category

Due to the lack of reporting requirements, it is unknown how much money WESPAC has funneled to SJP. What is known is that the organization’s revenue nearly quadrupled over four years, from $636,000 in 2021 to nearly $2.4 million in 2023. The sources of most of that revenue are not known.

Tip of the Iceberg

The organization of pro-Hamas campus encampments suggest they are being bankrolled by someone with deep pockets. The lavish supplies expended on the encampments suggest they are being bankrolled by someone with deep pockets. The high compensation paid activists receive to coordinate these encampments suggest they are being bankrolled by someone with deep pockets.

According to open-source data gathering, at least two left-wing grant-making organizations with deep pockets — the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and George Soros’s Open Society Foundations — are known to have made significant past donations to several of the groups involved in these protests.

However, the activist groups already mentioned are not the only members of the left-wing coalition organizing anti-Semitic direct action on and off university campuses, nor are they the only ones rolling in left-wing donations. Other radical groups have cooperated in staging anti-Semitic demonstrations:

  • If Not Now (INN) received $400,000 from Open Society in 2019-2021;
  • Adalah Justice Project received $550,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (passed through the left-wing Tides Center) in 2020-2023;
  • The Arab American Association of New York received $60,000 from Open Society in 2018;
  • Desis Rising Up and Moving received $30,000 from Open Society in 2020.

All these groups have participated in anti-Israel, pro-Hamas protests.

For those keeping track, the organizations sponsoring campus encampments and other anti-Semitic protests have received at least $3.36 million since 2016 from just two left-wing organizations. Meanwhile, the funding sources for other groups, such as the hyper-active SJP and Within Our Lifetime, are not known. This is based upon previously reported data that does not even account for funding these organizations may have received since Hamas’s October 7 terror attack — when the lawlessness began in earnest.

Campus protestors like to romanticize their misbehavior by comparing it to the protests of the late-1960s. But today’s protestors have access to more funding than their comrades of another era — perhaps “professors” would be a more efficient word — could have dreamed of. There are likely many deluded campuses today who deeply believe in their confused and perverted vision of the world.

Yet the amount of money involved suggests the campus occupation movement may not be as widespread a grassroots-uprising as the left-wing media is laboring to make it appear. Millions, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, can buy significant cooperation from one of the most notoriously penniless segments of society. This is perhaps especially true when the money enables agitators to utter college students’ two favorite words: “free food.”

The Left seems to believe rowdy, disruptive chanting can drive any policy change — so long as the rioters yell loud enough and long enough — and powerful progressive organizations have pulled out their pocketbooks to put that theory to the most rigorous test.

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Joshua Arnold

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Trump Expands Lead over Biden in Polls amid Outrage over the Economy

Over the past several months, most polls have consistently shown former President Donald Trump earning a slight lead over incumbent Joe Biden. Now, a new CNN/SSRS poll published on Sunday is showing Trump with a much wider lead over Biden. In a head-to-head contest, Trump would garner 49% of the vote and Biden only 43% — a six-point lead for Trump — with 4% of respondents voting for “someone else,” 3% not voting, and only 1% with no opinion on who to vote for.

When third-party candidates are added to the field, Trump’s lead over Biden expands to nine points: Trump would gain 42% of the vote, Biden 33%, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 16%, Cornel West 4%, and Jill Stein 3%, with a total of 3% responding “other,” “do not plan to vote,” or “no opinion.”

Additionally, of those polled, 52% said that there was “no chance” of their voting for Biden, up one point from October, compared to 47% who said that there was “no chance” of their voting for Trump, down one point from October. When asked to evaluate Trump’s presidency, 55% of respondents declared it a “success” and 44% declared it a “failure.” When asked that same question in January 2021, only 41% of respondents called Trump’s term in office a “success,” while 55% declared it a “failure.” By contrast, only 39% of voters said they consider Biden’s presidency to have been a “success,” while 61% called it a “failure.” Even in January 2022, one year in, only 41% considered the Biden presidency a “success,” compared to 57% who considered it a “failure.”

As in other polls, the economy has been rated the top issue for voters, with a net total of 92% declaring the issue “important,” including 65% who called it “extremely important.” Voters who rate the economy as their top issue break heavily for Trump over Biden, 62% to 30%. About 30% of voters polled rated the economy’s present state either “very good” (5%) or “somewhat good” (24%), while a total of 70% of voters said the economy was “somewhat poor” (36%) or “very poor” (34%). When asked what changes would improve the economy, 41% of voters responded “a change in political leadership in Washington,” 37% said “a lower rate of inflation,” 14% said a “positive change” in their personal financial situations, 3% said “a sustained rise in the stock market,” and 5% said “something else.”

As those answers indicate, voters are displeased with Biden’s management of the American economy. Sixty-six percent of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy and 71% disapprove of his handling of inflation. Overall, the poll awarded Biden a 40% approval rating. When broken down, only 12% said that they “strongly” approve of Biden’s job performance, 28% said they only “moderately” approve, 20% said they disapprove “moderately,” and a staggering 40% said that they “strongly” disapprove of Biden’s job performance.

Although the economy takes precedence for voters, immigration also makes a strong showing, with a total of 76% of voters rating it an “important” issue, although only 48% consider it to be “extremely” important. Crime follows close behind, with almost identical numbers. A recent Axios/Harris survey found that immigration has become such an important issue for Americans that over half (51%) now endorse the mass deportation of illegal immigrants. Additionally, 56% of voters see illegal immigration as linked to increasing violence and crime rates in the U.S. A recent Rasmussen Reports poll also found that almost 70% of Americans believe illegal immigration is linked to rising crime rates.

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S.A. McCarthy

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The Left’s Plan to Sabotage Talk Radio and Local News

For its nearly universal control over the news-industrial complex, the Left has failed to penetrate the one and only media format dominated by conservatives: talk radio. Despite repeated liberal incursions into the medium, from Mario Cuomo to Tom Daschle to Air America, the Left cannot make a showing. Now, the Left has launched a series of deceptive websites and bought up talk radio outlets — apparently in hopes that, where persuasion failed, cold hard cash may prevail.

Enter George Soros — and his bank account.

“Over the last two years, Soros Fund Management, the firm founded by the billionaire investor and now controlled by the Open Society Foundations, has become an increasingly key player in the oldest electronic mass media: radio,” reported Semafor.com.

Two months ago, the business arm of the Soros empire bought out Audacy, giving it control of more than 230 radio stations and innumerable podcasts. The fund now openly discusses taking over Cumulus Media, which owned and operated 403 radio stations across 85 markets in the United States last year, according to its website.

Soros facilitated the buy-out of 18 Univision radio stations by a consortium of Obama and Clinton known as The Latino Media Network for $60 million, cash. When Vice Media faced bankruptcy in 2019, Soros provided part of the $250 million in debt relief that kept it afloat.

“Soros specifically funneled at least $131,111,250 between 2016 and 2020 into 253 journalism and activist media groups worldwide to spread his radical leftist ideas on abortion, Marxist economics, anti-Americanism, defunding the police, environmental extremism and LGBT fanaticism,” reported the Media Research Center in a three-part exposé. Some $103 million of the $131 million went directly to media outlets, including $2 million to Wikipedia — which, despite its dependably left-leaning bias, poses as an impartial encyclopedia.

Donor-driven deception seems to be a recurring theme for the Soros media takeover, as numerous beneficiaries disguise left-wing political advocacy in the form of “local news” websites.

Among the practitioners of this art is Tara McGowan, a Democratic political operative who worked for the 2012 Obama-Biden reelection campaign and for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign’s primary super PAC, Priorities USA Action. (To give you a flavor, a 2012 Priorities USA ad falsely charged Utah Republican Mitt Romney with causing a woman to die of cancer.) After Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, McGowan got concerned, writing in a 2019 memo that the “Democratic Party, long reliant on television and radio, is losing the media war.” To fill the gap, she created Courier Newsroom, owned by another McGowan organization, Good Information Inc. Courier’s media outlets use apolitical news stories with local content to deliver Democratic diatribes. “The goal was to get persuadable voters engaged with unassuming content, then feed them political persuasion content, using underwriters who would pay Courier to come up with the content,” a former Courier employee revealed.

George Soros is one of those underwriters. So, too, is Planned Parenthood. The nation’s leading abortion franchise gave McGowan’s faux news media empire a quarter of a million dollars in the 2021-2022 fiscal year alone. Yet McGowan did not disclose either contributor, which one investigator noted “cannot be traced through public records until years after the fact.”

Courier also has another revolving door with the Biden administration: McGowan has visited the Biden White House 20 times, according to a review of White House visitor logs carried out by Fox News. (More about them later.) One visit produced an exclusive interview with Biden — but the rest seem to have influenced Courier’s journalism in other ways. McGowan met with Patrick Stevenson, Biden’s senior advisor for digital strategy, raising questions about whether McGowan coordinated its media activities with the administration. (That would be old hat. A 2016 email from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager outlined a strategy of illegal “coordination of some ads with Priorities” USA.)

The Left followed the same blueprint in the 2022 midterm elections. Last time, the misleading media strategy worked through The American Independent, the grotesquely misnamed company then led by Media Matters founder David Brock. The group, now branding itself “TAI News,” hosts “local” websites in the battleground states of PennsylvaniaMichiganWisconsin, as well as Montana, where incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester faces a difficult reelection race. “It’s been widely reported that where local news outlets shut down, dis- and misinformation grows,” said Jessica McCreight, then TAI’s executive editor, in 2022. “To combat this challenge, The American Independent has expanded to bring readers local, fact-based news and information on topics and issues that impact their communities.”

TAI used McGowan’s model of writing local news to sell its political product. For instance, the Pennsylvania Independent’s story “Pennsylvania is home to the world’s mushroom capital” sits alongside headlines slamming alleged GOP “health care cuts” and touting Biden’s “clean energy investments in Pennsylvania farms.” Yet the state websites carry dizzyingly repetitive content for an operation purportedly dedicated to local news. Each site carries the same national news stories, usually as the lead. Very little original local content takes place: As of this writing, the Wisconsin website has the same story, with the same graphic, side-by-side as the lead story in both the Politics and Economy sections.

TAI News also shares McGowan’s troubles with the truth and ties to partisan hacks. TAI’s current president, Joe Conason, wrote a baseless 1992 article claiming that President George H.W. Bush had an affair with longtime aide Jennifer Fitzgerald, and a 2003 book titled “Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth.” TAI’s former president, Matt Fuehrmeyer, had been a senior aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Ownership and management of media matters. Look at Fox News since Rupert Murdoch stepped back from day-to-day affairs, leaving its direction to his children. As part of its 2022 Pride Month coverage, Fox News Channel carried a news story celebrating a child’s gender transition. Last April, FNC fired its top-rated host, Tucker Carlson, days after he delivered a revival-themed address to The Heritage Foundation. While Fox News still has outstanding hosts and guests, its retreat from social issues mirrors the views of management.

This seeming minutiae impacts citizens’ ability to make a difference for Christ in the public square. Since information fuels and directs action, intelligence is a vital asset of spiritual warfare. The world’s greatest calamity occurred when our first parents acted on erroneous information (Genesis 3:5). On the other hand, God asks rhetorically whether His people know of His power to cast aside kingdoms that violate His laws by asking, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?” (Isaiah 40:21).

The anti-life crowd believes it can hide its venomous viewpoint in objective-looking news sites. If you do not know the bias and ownership of your “local” media site, why not read — and promote — news outlets like this one that share your Christian worldview? We will never sell out to shadowy leftist billionaires. We have already been bought with a price (I Corinthians 7:23).

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.

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‘This Week On The Hill’: Tony Perkins Talks Faith with Speaker Mike Johnson

On Saturday morning, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins helmed the “maiden voyage” of Salem Radio Network’s newest program “This Week On The Hill,” featuring U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) as the show’s inaugural guest. The two Louisiana conservatives discussed, among other things, the role that Christian faith plays in American politics — from guiding legislation to holding the Republican Party together to ending abortion.

Referring to their decades-long friendship, Perkins said to Johnson, “You and I go back to when you were in law school, and faith plays a major role in our lives and in your life in particular. … And there’s some that say, ‘That has no place in [Congress].’” Johnson replied, “Well, those who say that don’t understand our history, the foundation of our country.” He continued, “We were built upon our Judeo-Christian heritage and our foundation is that, it’s chiseled into the marble right above the speaker’s rostrum, right there in the House chamber: ‘In God We Trust.’ That’s what makes us different. That’s what made us exceptional from the beginning.” Johnson added:

“If you look back in history and you study the writings of the founders and the previous leaders in the Congress, how they spoke, what they said, they were very open about this idea that God is our creator. He’s the one that gives us our rights, not government. These things used to be known as self-evident truths. Not so much anymore.”

The Speaker also noted that the first American presidents, including George Washington and John Adams, warned that the American republic is “an experiment on the world stage. We don’t know how long it’ll last. But … of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports, and we seem to have forgotten some of that.”

Perkins asked what role Christian faith plays in the policy decisions of today. Johnson responded, “We have to recognize right now we’re not really in a battle right now between Republicans and Democrats anymore. It’s deeper than that. This is between two competing visions for who we are as a country, who we are as Americans.” He continued:

“And if you’re a person of faith, you’re a Christian, that is a worldview, and that informs how you think about issues and you believe in absolute truths and in a sense of morality that is supposed to guide these decisions. If you don’t jettison that when you walk in the building, it’s supposed to be a part of the fabric of what you decide. … It is our philosophy. It is our worldview, and it informs what we do.”

Johnson also spoke of being elected Speaker back in October and recent challenges to his speakership from within the Republican Party. “This was not a job that I aspired to,” he said. “To be speaker of the House in this modern era is a unique challenge.” Referring to a move by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to vacate the speakership, Johnson said, “Marjorie and I agree on philosophy, not on strategy. And she’s upset about the appropriations process, the spending bills. And guess what? So am I.” He explained, “We’re not going to get 100% of what we want. Because remember, whatever we pass, we’ve got to send over to the Senate that’s run by Chuck Schumer. And it’s got to be signed into law by Joe Biden. They’re not going to give us anything that we want.”

In discussing narrowly avoiding a government shutdown by compromising on appropriations bills, Johnson stated, “We shouldn’t be opposed [to] or scared of a government shutdown. But you have to have a plan to get a better policy outcome or to get something on the other side. You don’t shut it down just for the sake of that.” He explained that a government shutdown would eventually be blamed on House Republicans, many of whom may not be reelected as a result. Since Democrat votes would be needed to reopen the government, Johnson clarified, Republicans would have to make major concessions on policy to secure those votes and reopen the government. “It probably guarantees that we lose our House majority in the election in November, and I can’t reopen the government,” the Speaker said. “We would have wound up much worse off than the appropriations bills at the end of that, and we would have been blamed for everything.”

Turning to the issue of abortion, Johnson posited that Democrats are using the hot-button issue to distract voters from their policy failures. “They’re absolutely desperate in this election cycle,” the Speaker said. “And they believe abortion is the only thing they can run on. They know that because their policies have been so disastrous for everybody. They’re not being honest.” Johnson explained that in shielding their own extreme positions on abortion, Democrats are attempting to paint pro-life Republicans as restrictive extremists.

He also discussed the role that Christians and conservatives must play in building a “culture of life.” Johnson declared, “If you’re going to have political consensus on a controversial issue, you’ve got to have cultural consensus first.” He explained further:

“The challenge for us right now — for the church or people of faith or the Republican Party — is to help build that culture of life and so that we make people understand the stakes here, that’s why it’s so important and why this makes us who we are as Americans. It’s about human dignity. It’s about recognizing that all of us are not just born equal, we are created equal. That’s what our nation’s birth certificate says in the declaration.”

“This Week On The Hill” airs Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. EST on the Salem Radio Network. The show is also available on the Salem News Channel, Salem Podcast Network, and Townhall.com.

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S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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What Do RFK Jr. and Ronna McDaniel Have in Common? Cancel Culture

After several commentators on MSNBC displayed public outrage on Monday and Tuesday about their employer, NBC, hiring former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to be a paid contributor, NBC abruptly fired her after less than one week on the job.

MSNBC hosts claimed that McDaniel was an “election denier” because she initially questioned the outcome of the 2020 elections. Yet McDaniel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that President Biden won the 2020 election “fair and square” and that he’s “the legitimate president.”

However, that didn’t stop MSNBC hosts on Monday from piling attacks on McDaniel and insisting that their employer fire her immediately so that she could not share their “sacred airwaves” as “one of us,” a “badge-carrying employee of NBC News.”

Rachel Maddow said, “And so I want to associate myself with all my colleagues at MSNBC and NBC News who have voiced loud and principled objections to our company for putting on the payroll someone who hasn’t just attacked us as journalists, but someone who is part of an ongoing project to get rid of our system of government. Someone who is still trying to convince Americans that this election stuff doesn’t really work. That this last election wasn’t a real result. That American elections are fraudulent.”

As a result of this immense internal pressure, NBC caved to its employees — many of whom are biased former Democratic operatives. McDaniel herself did not find out that she was fired by NBC executives directly, but by hearing about it in the news.

This decision reveals what many already knew: the mainstream media has a deep left-wing bias, and they have no tolerance for those that disagree with them.

The new chairman of the RNC, Michael Whatley, discussed this on Wednesday’s “Washington Watch” with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “[… The legacy media] really, truly wants to make sure that their viewers are only getting one side of any given debate, which is really unfortunate. You know, when the American voters are informed voters, they make better decisions.”

Sadly, McDaniel’s firing reflects a deeper problem that has spread throughout our country: cancel culture. Just ask presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who has continuously been canceled by the Democratic Party and social media. Both have tried to delegitimize Kennedy because he disagrees with the Left’s base about how to address issues such as mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, open borders, the Israeli-Hamas war, and environmental policies.

And although Kennedy still holds liberal positions on many issues, the Democratic Party would not tolerate dissent from their base or even allow him to debate Joe Biden during the Democratic primary race. This ultimately led Kennedy to leave the party and become an Independent candidate.

Democrats and Republicans alike used to care deeply about free speech and defend that right — even for those they disagree with. After all, free speech is a fundamental right protected by our Constitution’s First Amendment and essential to a functioning democratic republic. However, more Democrats are realizing that the base of their party has dropped their belief in the freedom of speech. Because now, if you’re like RFK Jr. and you disagree with the socialist wing of the Democratic Party or if you are a conservative Republican like Ronna McDaniel, they believe you do not have a right to express your thoughts on television or debate your point of view in a presidential debate. Such silencing of opposing views is dangerous not only because it disregards political leaders, but it can lead to a disregard for voters.

As Whatley explained, “When you think about where the Left is coming from — and I don’t even say Democrats, I say the Left — where they’re coming [from] is they want to dismantle the family. They want to dismantle America. What they want to do is make everybody dependent on the government for everything,” he argued. “They want to really kind of take this country down a road where the American people do not want to go. And a key component for them is to be able to stifle that debate and put their message out.”

This is why it is essential for Americans to teach accurate history and civics and make sure we are using reliable news sources. As Tony Perkins pointed out on “Washington Watch” Monday, “We all come at this with different perspectives. In fact, up until about 15 years ago, it’s what made America strong: we came together, we had different views, but we would arrive at a consensus. Why? Because we had conversations. …This is what is so dangerous about the Left,” he pointed out. “They want to shut down our conversations. They want to silence. They want to cancel any voice that runs counter to theirs. Ultimately, they’re going to silence you. That’s why we can’t let them.”

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Kathy Athearn

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Dem Claims Men ‘Don’t Compete in Women’s Sports’ as Stolen Titles Near 300

Does Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) live in New York or an alternate universe? People certainly wondered after a House Judiciary hearing where the 76-year-old declared, “Men do not compete in women’s sports.” Is the president’s senility contagious or is Nadler living in complete denial of a global phenomenon that’s plunged communities into chaos? Not only are men competing in women’s sports, they’re winning women’s titles — a fact Riley Gaines was more than happy to point out.

“Ironic he says this on the EXACT 2 year anniversary of this photo being taken,” the former University of Kentucky swimmer posted alongside a picture of Lia Thomas holding a trophy he never should have had the chance to race for. “This 6’4” man isn’t fooling anyone with any amount of common sense,” Gaines fumed. “2 years ago today I had a fire lit under me and communists like Nadler continue to fuel it.”

And yet, Nadler was so determined to suppress reality that he actually moved to have evidence of the debate stricken from the record. Republican Rep. Harriet Hageman (Wyo.) had catalogued a number of times that biological boys had stolen girls’ titles and opportunities in the last several years. The group SheWon puts the number at an eye-popping 292 stolen first-place podiums. “I ask for unanimous consent to submit for the record instances of men hijacking women’s sports and the various examples that we have demonstrating not only injuries that have been suffered by women as men have participated in girls’ sports, but also the women — the girls and women who have been affected by this, including Riley Gaines, when Will Thomas decided to join the … women’s swimming team in Pennsylvania,” she requested.

Nadler, the committee’s ranking member, fired back, “I object to concluding these mistruths in the record.” Shocked, Hageman replied how telling it was that he didn’t want the facts included in the record — to which the New Yorker replied, “Men do not compete in women’s sports.”

That’s news to the 25 (going on 26) states who’ve stepped in to stop this madness from overtaking their girls at the pool, track, court, field, and gym. If it wasn’t happening, then this was sure a monumental waste of legislative time.

Slack-jawed, conservatives kept up the pressure, giving a passionate defense of girls and the opportunities, safety, and privacy they’re losing by this absurd introduction of men in women’s sports. Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) showed a video montage of girls who’ve been physically injured playing against biological boys in volleyball, field hockey, and basketball. From Massachusetts to North Carolina, members watched as girls screamed in pain, lost teeth, were carted off with head injuries. One of the victims, Payton McNabb, still suffers from blurred vision, partial paralysis, and memory loss.

We have examples, Spartz insisted, of “much stronger guys playing sports against biologically not-as-strong women.” “Girls actually get hurt by biological males playing sports,” she argued. “I mean, it is really unbelievable for me that this is an issue that we cannot stand with women and girls on.” Instead, Spartz went on, “the other side tries to really deter the conversation in a different direction and divert it. … Let’s talk about how we are going to protect our women and girls.”

When the talk turned to privacy rights, Democrat Eric Swalwell (Calif.) joined Nadler’s delusion, claiming that men in girls locker rooms “is not a thing.”

Tell that to the 16 plaintiffs suing the NCAA. One of them, Gaines’s teammate and SEC champion Kaitlynn Wheeler, describes in agonizing detail how they were put in a “fundamentally unfair situation that no student-athlete, let alone a teenage girl, should ever have to face.” The collegiate sports body “did not simply make my teammates in the 100-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle races face a biological male swimmer in the pool,” she insisted. “The NCAA also decided that Lia Thomas, a 6-foot-4-inch, 22-year-old transgender swimmer with a male body and full male genitalia, would be undressing with us.” She writes of that traumatizing experience in a new Washington Examiner op-ed:

“The moment I realized Thomas would be sharing our most private space, I was engulfed by a whirlwind of emotions — shock, disbelief, horror. The sanctity of our locker room, a space that should have been ours and ours alone, was shattered without warning. The presence of male genitalia in a space that was supposed to be safe, where we were vulnerable and exposed, was not just uncomfortable; it was a visceral invasion of our privacy and dignity.

“Feeling my stomach churn as whispers turned to silence, I stood there, naked and exposed, not just physically but also emotionally, grappling with a reality I couldn’t comprehend. The NCAA’s decision to transform our sanctuary into a ‘unisex’ locker room without our consent felt like a betrayal of the highest order. It was a stark reminder that our voices, our comfort, and our boundaries did not matter.”

And yet, the effort to protect these girls is what Swalwell called “creepy” — not forcing innocent teenagers to share a room with a naked man. That’s what really stings, the girls say. No one has their backs. As so many female athletes admitted to Senate Republicans, they feel “helpless.” “This is kind of a theme that we got,” Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said of his committee’s investigation on trans inclusion in sports: “‘Why am I even trying? I don’t have any hope whatsoever.’” “Our voices as women were completely silenced,” another admitted.

Fortunately for Wheeler and the thousands of American daughters living this nightmare, Republicans do care. Over the objections of Democrats, conservatives on the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Greg Steube’s (R-Fla.) Protection of Women in Olympic & Amateur Sports Act last Thursday. To Wheeler, who watched Thomas stand on top of a podium meant for her sport, maybe it will mean the end of the silence of the adults in the room. “That silence spoke volumes of the injustice, pain, and anger brewing in the hearts of not just the competitors but of every woman forced into silence by a system that refuses to listen.”

Until then, she vowed, women will “stand against the erasure of our voices,” whether or not this president or his party stands with them. “We demand a future where female athletes are respected, where our safety and privacy are not just acknowledged but fiercely protected.”

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Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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Survey Says: Biden Weaponizing Government to Jail Political Opponent

New polling is suggesting that a majority of the nation believes President Joe Biden is trying to win reelection by jailing his opponent. According to a survey from McLaughlin and Associates, almost 70% of American voters agree that the multiple indictments against former President Donald Trump are politically motivated, with half of all voters saying politics has played a “major” role in the lawfare campaign against the Republican presidential candidate.

Nearly 60% of voters also believe that Biden has played a role in the Trump indictments, including almost 40% of Democrats. Over half (52%) of voters said they believe that the lawfare campaign against Trump is intended to keep him from running for president, and 56% of voters — including a third of Democrats — said they believe that “Joe Biden wants to stop President Trump from winning the election by putting him in jail…”

Another 56% of voters agreed — including 41% who “strongly” agreed — that Biden’s Justice Department has been weaponized and employs double standards, unfairly targeting Republicans and conservatives while offering “sweetheart deals to Joe Biden and his family members when the evidence shows Joe Biden and his family have failed to pay their taxes, taken bribes and extorted money from our enemies such as the Communist Chinese and Russia…” Nearly 60% of voters agreed that Biden’s Justice Department should not be “interfering with the upcoming presidential election” by targeting Trump and should instead “let the voters decide who the next president should be.”

This month’s Harvard CAPS/Harris poll showed similar results, with 57% of voters agreeing that “the Democrats today are engaged in lawfare — a campaign using the government and the legal system in biased ways to take out a political opponent…” Fifty-four percent said that the Trump indictments are politically motivated and 53% said that they don’t think Trump will be convicted. Additionally, 54% of voters said that they would back Trump for president even if a jury convicted him “of crimes related to his handling of classified presidential documents.” This is up four points from last month, after U.S. Special Prosecutor Robert Hur declined to prosecute Biden for the same crime that Trump allegedly committed.

Both polls also found that Biden’s popularity is continuing to flounder. Biden’s job approval rating is hovering in the low-to-mid 40s, having remained below 50% since August of 2021. Biden’s economic policies are also still negatively impacting Americans. According to McLaughlin and Associates, inflation is the single most important issue to Americans (23%), though immigration is second place (14%). Inflation is also of major concern (33%) according to the Harvard/Harris poll, but takes second place to immigration (36%), although respondents did say that inflation has impacted them personally the most. Over 70% of voters also said that inflation is “here to stay.”

Additionally, both polls predicted Trump beating Biden in November, though by a relatively narrow margin. Trump has a six-point lead over Biden according to McLaughlin and Associates and a three-point lead according to Harvard/Harris, with nearly 10% undecided in both instances. When Harvard/Harris pollsters asked undecided voters which way they lean, the margin narrowed, with Trump beating Biden 51% to 49%. This represents a two-point decrease in support for Trump since last month and an increase for Biden.

Over the past few months, polling has almost unanimously predicted Trump defeating Biden in November, though by varying margins. A spate of surveys released since early this year have shown Trump leading Biden, significantly among Independent voters, and a recent series of polls from Emerson College/The Hill show Trump leading Biden in battleground states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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S.A. McCarthy

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.

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GOP Senators the Most Conservative Bunch in Years: Study

While it’s cold comfort in a chamber controlled by the farthest of leftists, a new study should give conservatives some hope in a Congress that hasn’t accomplished all that much for Republicans. There’s a major shift underway in the U.S. Senate, CPAC Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability says, and the GOP may be an election away from reaping the benefits. According to research, this body of Republican senators is far more conservative than their predecessors — and becoming more so every November.

Looking back on recent Senate votes, the foundation estimates that Republicans took the conservative position 80% of the time. And while that’s a “far cry” from Democrats (who cozied up to the extreme Left 98% of the time), the GOP’s stat is greatly improved from even a few Congresses ago. Their loyalty to conservatism was helped along by a few key replacements: Katie Britt for Richard Shelby in Alabama, Eric Schmitt for Roy Blunt in Missouri, Ted Budd for Richard Burr in North Carolina, and J.D. Vance for Rob Portman in Ohio. In every instance, a more moderate Republican was replaced by a small government, social conservative.

Making matters more interesting, the least conservative members include the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who ranks as the fourth most moderate Republican, behind Mitt Romney (R-Utah) at 59%, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) at 55%, and the most liberal GOP senator of all, Susan Collins (R-Maine) — who can barely bring herself to vote conservative half the time (54%).

As The Daily Wire’s Luke Rosiak points out, that gap means Republican leaders are “increasingly out of step with the members it represents,” and “will continue to be” based on the people throwing their hat in the ring to replace McConnell. Neither Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) nor John Cornyn (R-Texas) cracked even 80% on the conservative scale, coming in at 71% and 79%, respectively. (If Republicans want a true conservative, they’d need the one man who scored a perfect 100% on the foundation’s metric: Utah’s Mike Lee.)

This may also explain why Senate leaders are so quick to “compromise with Democrats,” as Americans watched with horror in the most recent round of spending bills. After all, in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) party, there are no legitimate “moderates,” the study’s authors point out. The highest scoring Democrat in the Senate — Joe Manchin (W.Va.) — only voted conservative 30% of the time, whereas Collins voted with her caucus 46%. Essentially, the report points out, there are no “moderates” in the Democratic Party.

Republican leaders have been much more comfortable giving away the farm in negotiations, as frustrated conservatives like Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have pointed out. “McConnell and Schumer have been up here forever, right?” he vented on “Washington Watch” after the Kentuckian announced his retirement. “When they came up here, the debt was less than $5 trillion. Now we have $30 — almost $35 — trillion. We’ve got high inflation. We’re spending more [paying off the debt’s interest] than we are on the defense budget.” And yet, he said, “… We have a majority in the House. … So shouldn’t we take their lead instead of taking Chuck Schumer’s lead? But what Mitch McConnell has been doing is he’s on Chuck Schumer side. So he’ll organize whatever votes it takes to do whatever Chuck Schumer wants to get done. And so that’s how we get the debt, how we get no border security.”

But that’s about to change, many believe. This election cycle, Democrats have the unenviable job of defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs at a time when the leader of their party — Joe Biden — is swimming in disapproval polls. At least five of those races could be possible flips for the GOP, especially in key swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A number of others will be highly competitive, leaving Schumer’s hold on the majority tenuous at best.

For now, Family Research Council’s Quena Gonzalez said, these numbers should be “an encouragement to conservatives and a wake-up call to those running to lead the Senate Republican Conference.” FRC Action Director Matt Carpenter, agreed. “In recent years, the U.S. Senate has not been favorable terrain for conservative policy priorities. Voters are smart. They understand the work of a legislative body requires give and take and compromise, but all too often common sense conservative policies have been shut out of final negotiations. As the Senate GOP becomes more conservative, it will likely be more willing to go to bat for their conservative base on the issues they care about.”

At the end of the day, FRC President Tony Perkins pointed out in a conversation with Indiana Senator Mike Braun (R) earlier this month, “Elections matter. And this is a message that conservatives [shouldn’t] give up. We’re close to a tipping point. We’ve just got to keep voting and get those conservative, constitutionally-minded senators where we can hold the line…”

The Hoosier agreed, admitting that a lot of the news coming out of Congress lately seems “pretty dismal.” “But in [a] little over five years, I can see that we’ve made progress on changing the composition of the Republican Senate caucus. In other words, it’s going more to faith, family, freedom. Don’t borrow money from your kids and grandkids. What could be simpler if you’re a conservative. We need to keep [fighting],” he said on Super Tuesday. “Tonight is the beginning of 2024. We do well on the Senate races … then we’re there.”

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Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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