GOP 2022 and 2024 Playbook: Put Donald Trump and extreme partisanship ahead of solutions for Hoosier Families
Indiana Republicans said “NO” to $250 million in broadband investments, $540 million for childcare services, and $500 million in construction projects via American Rescue Plan
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today brought to light the Republican Party’s strategy for the 2022 and 2024 elections: embrace former president Donald Trump and a form of extreme partisanship that consists of dangerous and unnecessary culture wars. This dangerous and partisan agenda includes questioning election results (despite Indiana’s Secretary of State saying otherwise), infusing debunked misinformation about issues like COVID-19 prevention and school boards, and saying “NO” to investments on broadband, childcare, and pandemic relief.
Indiana Republicans like U.S. Senator Todd Young must be asked if they agree with the Washington GOP’s playbook. Not only is the Senator up for reelection, but Todd Young once tried to be a voice of reason just days after the January 6 terrorist attack against the United States. In fact, Young once described the GOP as being a party veering toward “fear and resentment” and even went as far as publishing an op-ed calling for “empathy” and for “real solutions” to occur in Congress.
Indiana Democrats agree with this version of Todd Young, but unfortunately, the Senator’s election-cycle pivot has caused him to put the INGOP’s extreme partisanship ahead of those “real solutions”. When the American Rescue Plan was up for a vote, every Indiana Republican in the state’s Congressional delegation said “NO” – including Todd Young. And just when it appeared Young supported a proposed $6.6 billion infrastructure investment for Indiana, the Senator flip-flopped and voted “NO”.
It’s time for Todd Young to tell Hoosiers who he really is: a sincere politician who wants to make good on his “real solutions” promise or a flip-flopping politician who cares more about the INGOP’s extreme partisanship than American values.
Politico // Meridith McGraw
“Nine months ago, Republicans were questioning Donald Trump’s place as the lead fixture of their party. Saturday night provided the clearest evidence yet that they want him right there.
Not one year removed from surviving a second impeachment, the former president rallied before thousands of his most loyal supporters across the Iowa State Fairgrounds on a balmy Midwestern evening. He regaled them with his stories from the White House, his falsehoods and complaints about the 2020 election results, and his criticisms of the Biden administration on everything from immigration to the withdrawal from Afghanistan.” […]
“But the notable elements were not what was said by Trump, but who was there with him. Appearing alongside the former president was a who’s who of influential Republicans in the Hawkeye state, including Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson, former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann.
Trump has held rallies since leaving the White House. But never have elected Republicans of such tenure and stature appeared with him. And the presence of Grassley in particular signified that whatever qualms the GOP may have had with Trump are now faded memories; whatever questions they had about the direction of the party have been resolved.” […]
“It was not that long ago when there was more uncertainty about Trump’s future within the party. Back in January, Grassley offered a stinging condemnation of Trump’s behavior in the aftermath of the 2020 election — the type of statement that, at its heart, suggested a desire to rid himself of the messiness.
‘The reality is, he lost. He brought over 60 lawsuits and lost all but one of them. He was not able to challenge enough votes to overcome President Biden’s significant margins in key states,’ Grassley said in a statement offered after voting against Trump’s second impeachment. ‘He belittled and harassed elected officials across the country to get his way. He encouraged his own, loyal vice president, Mike Pence, to take extraordinary and unconstitutional actions during the Electoral College count.’”