CNN Touts Disaffected Republicans Pushing for Democrats to Win

CNN’s coverage of a party-switching ex Republican candidate for Oklahoma was a day after it promoted him as a Democrat. Day of the NewWe devoted an entire segment to disaffected Republicans who urge members of their party vote Democratic in order to maintain Democratic control over Congress.

Picking up a piece of the New York TimesBrianna Kesselar (CNN) spoke with Miles Taylor, former Homeland Security Department official and Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey. This segment was started by Keilar.

 

 

Two longtime GOP critics of former President Trump offering some surprising advice for fellow Republicans who refuse to embrace Trump’s chokehold on the party and his lies about the election. This is a New York Times opinion essay, they write, “Rational Republicans are losing the party’s civil war, and the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents, the Democrats.”

After Keilar began by asking Whitman how she made the decision to take such action, the liberal former governor repeated tired claims that the Republican Party has no clearly identified agenda, in spite of all the issues that were acted on the past four years:

Because I believe in the Constitution, and it’s time that our elected officials remember they took an oath to that, not to a party. And what I have seen is that unfortunately Donald Trump has created what I would call a — it’s just a cult. The party is dead. If you don’t have a core set of values, if you don’t have a platform — which they didn’t adopt at the last convention because he didn’t want them to — the only thing you stand for is whatever he tells you on a particular day and that is not my definition of a political party.

Whitman said that while she supported voting for moderate Republicans in elections against far-left liberal Democrats but CNN clearly made it clear she wanted to support Republicans.

Taylor, who was also a CNN contributor, declared that he opposed Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, being elected Speaker. Instead, he preferred Nancy Pelosi to remain.

TAYLOR: What we’re focusing on — the governor and I and our organization, the New America Movement — is those tip cases — those key races around the country where we think moderate unifying Democrats, if elected, will keep the balance of power in the hands of current congressional leaders. That’s not an easy thing for me to say. I’m a lifelong Republican, but I’ve worked with Kevin McCarthy. I think Kevin McCarthy cannot be trusted to — 

KEILAR: Current leaders. You think the Speaker should remain the Speaker and that Democrats should remain in control of the Senate?

TAYLOR: Well, look, I’m a fan of Mitch McConnell — that’s not popular on the left — but I do think as long as Donald Trump’s allies keep putting withering pressure on Mitch McConnell in the Senate, to do things that are anti-democratic, then, no, the Senate needs to remain a divided body for the time being…

Taylor is perhaps most well-known for his anonymous anti-Trump Op-Ed published in the New York TimesAs the Times tried to pass him off as a higher profile figure than he actually was.

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Here’s the transcript:

CNN Day of the New

October 12, 2021

Eastern, 8:38 AM

BRIANNA KEILAR: Two longtime GOP critics of former President Trump offering some surprising advice for fellow Republicans who refuse to embrace Trump’s chokehold on the party and his lies about the election. This is a New York Times opinion essay, they write, “Rational Republicans are losing the party’s civil war, and the only near-term way to battle pro-Trump extremists is for all of us to team up on key races and overarching political goals with our longtime political opponents, the Democrats.”

Joining us now, the authors of this column, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under former President Trump, Miles Taylor; and former EPA administrator and former Republican governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman. You are the Governor. You know, this is quite a step. It’s quite a big step. How did you come to this decision that you would implore other Republicans to support Democrats?

FORMER GOVERNOR CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN (R-NJ): Because I believe in the Constitution, and it’s time that our elected officials remember they took an oath to that, not to a party. And what I have seen is that unfortunately Donald Trump has created what I would call a — it’s just a cult. The party is dead. If you don’t have a core set of values, if you don’t have a platform — which they didn’t adopt at the last convention because he didn’t want them to — the only thing you stand for is whatever he tells you on a particular day and that is not my definition of a political party.

And this country needs two centrist political parties because I think it’s important to mention that we also say that Democrats should look to their left, and, where they see radical left candidates, they should support a moderate Republican. Both sides can benefit. But obviously our interest is primarily in the Republican party to restoring it to what it was — at least I’d like to see it what it was when I grew up, a party that did stand for the average person in the center. It sought balance, and it got things done back in those days.

KEILAR: Miles, key races is what you’re talking about here. Is that what you are referring to?

MILES TAYLOR, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Well, look, what we want to look at is not every single congressional and Senate race around the country. What we’re focusing on — the governor and I and our organization, the New America Movement — is those tip cases — those key races around the country where we think moderate unifying Democrats, if elected, will keep the balance of power in the hands of current congressional leaders. That’s not an easy thing for me to say. I’m a lifelong Republican, but I’ve worked with Kevin McCarthy. I think Kevin McCarthy cannot be trusted to — 

KEILAR: Current leaders. You think the Speaker should remain the Speaker and that Democrats should remain in control of the Senate?

TAYLOR: Well, look, I’m a fan of Mitch McConnell — that’s not popular on the left — but I do think as long as Donald Trump’s allies keep putting withering pressure on Mitch McConnell in the Senate, to do things that are anti-democratic, then, no, the Senate needs to remain a divided body for the time being…

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