A top Alabama radio talk show host told Big League Politics that Republicans in his state are sending an angry message to President Donald J. Trump and Sen. Luther J. Strange III in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
“I said this morning on the air that as much as Alabama likes President Trump, as much as we support his agenda, Alabama does not need nor want President Trump coming into this state and telling us how to vote,” said Matt Murphy, one half of Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 FM “Matt and Aunie” show with Andrea Lindenberg. It is the most listens to political talk show in the state.
Murphy said he expects former state chief justice Roy S. Moore to defeat Strange in the runoff between the two men, who were the top vote-getters in the Aug. 15 primary with neither man garnering at least 50 percent of the vote.
“Next Tuesday, they are going to send a message that Trump needs to hear loud and clear: We expect significant changes—not just in the White House—but on Capitol Hill as to how they are doing business,” he said.
An Alabama political operative with ties to both the Strange campaign and the Washington Republicans working to help Strange told Big League Politics that the president is boxed into backing Strange and he has no choice, but to make the best of it.
“I’ve been told that in addition to the Strange campaign having trouble rounding local politicians to join the senator’s rally with Trump Friday, they are having trouble with the airport welcoming ceremony,” the operative said.
“People love Trump, but if Strange arrives with the president on Air Force One, nobody wants to be there and be seen with Luther,” the operative said.
Murphy said another factor working for Moore and against Strange is the frustration Alabama conservatives feel regarding the state’s Republican establishment, which for the first time, since Reconstruction, controls both the legislature and the governor’s mansion.
“The Republicans are a lot better at making campaign promises than they are on delivering,” Murphy said. “The progress in draining the Montgomery Swamp is a lot slower than a lot of us would have like to have seen, so you are witnessing some backlash.”
Moore, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, came to national prominence as the state’s chief justice, twice. The first time was in 2003 when Moore flaunted a federal judge’s order and installed a nearly 3-ton marble display of the 10 Commandments. In that controversy, Moore was forced off the bench by a special panel convened by Attorney William G. Prior, now a federal judge.
The second time came when Moore, once again elected to be the state chief justice in 2013, refused to cooperate with the issuing of same-sex marriage certificates in 2016. In the middle of the ensuing controversy, Moore resigned from his bench in April and began working to win the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jefferson B. “Jeff” Sessions.
Murphy said when Strange was appointed by Gov. Robert J. Bentley Feb. 9 to replace Sessions, it upset many of his callers because at the time Strange was the state’s attorney general, the man investigating the governor’s conduct in relation to his alleged affair with Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
The governor resigned Apr. 10.
“Many of us have concerns about how Judge Moore handled himself during the 10 Commandments monument situation back in oh-three and with the gay marriage with he returned to the bench,” Murphy said. “But, I don’t think there is any doubt that he is a man of personal convictions and he is not going to be told what to do in DC.”
While Moore has the reputation as a man of integrity, Strange is seen as an instrument of Majority Leader A. Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell (R.-Ky.), who has raised and directed millions of dollars to discredit Moore and bolster Strange, he said.
“I don’t think it can be overstated how much Alabamans dislike Mitch McConnell and consider him part of the Swamp,” he said.
“As much as this is an election between Roy Moore and Luther Strange, this is really a chance for Alabamans to tell off Washington, D.C.”
Deranged Democrat Demands Prosecution of 40,000 Trump Supporters Who Were OUTSIDE Capitol
Guilt by association.
Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee implied that every protestor who was outside of the Capitol on January 6th should face criminal prosecution in a Tuesday tweet threat, utilizing a “guilt-by-association” theory more commonly associated with the criminal justice system of third world countries.
Jackson Lee falsely claimed that the 40,000 protestors who arrived in the area of the Capitol in January all intended to overturn the election by killing the Speaker of the House, Mike Pence, and Members of Congress. In reality, there’s little to no reason that anyone outside of small handful of easily manipulated cosplayers intended to become seriously violent.
2/4 alleged that 40,000 protesters were in DC with the mindset to overturn a legitimate election and to kill the Speaker, the Vice President, and Members of Congress, in that instance, only 300 persons have now been arrested and are being prosecuted. What kind of justice is that?
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) March 3, 2021
Only a small minority of the protestors present at the January 6th protest engaged in any criminal trespassing and violent conduct. Peaceful protestors present at the event in fact urged those breaking boundaries to stop, likening them to Antifa criminals. Hundreds of individuals present at the event are being prosecuted- in some cases, on dubious grounds. Jackson Lee’s proposal would criminalize peaceful protest in a direct fashion.
Jackson Lee compared the peaceful protestors to Portland’s enduring anarchist criminal movement, ignoring that the January 6th event hasn’t repeated on a nightly basis in a fashion analogous to the anarcho-tyrannical city. While street criminals have been arrested at the Portland protests, Multnomah County’s left-wing prosecutor, Mike Schmidt, has consistently dropped criminal charges against nearly every arrestee involved in left-wing street violence.
1/4 Testimony today on the Hill evidences that in the Portland protests, a thousand people were arrested. People protesting against the violence that was evidenced in the George Floyd murder. People wanting good things to happen. In Washington DC on January 6th, where it is
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) March 3, 2021
Lee also likened left-wing rioters in Portland to “good people wanting good things to happen,” excusing systemic violence because she supports the aims of those who commit it.
Under the fist of anarcho-tyranny, there is no such thing as a neutral standard of “law.” There’s domination- impunity for those who obey those who wield the levers of political power, and severity against those who dare to challenge it though peaceful protest.
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