Texas Senator Ted Cruz is advising President Donald Trump to not cut a deal with Democrats on gun control .
He believes that doing so could cause conservatives to stay home in 2020 and cost President Trump the election.
“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights,” the Texas Republican declared, “that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren.”
“We’re going to see record-setting Democratic turnout. The only element missing is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday.
Cruz was addressing a question that referenced a potential deal between the Trump administration and a bipartisan coalition of Senators compromised of Democrats Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who are teaming up with Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The aforementioned senators met with Trump on Wednesday and indicated that the president was close to making an announcement on background check reforms for gun purchases.
“It would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” Cruz claimed, contending that none of the recent mass shootings would have been prevented by current leftist proposals.
However, Cruz hasn’t really offered a true pro-gun alternative that would roll back much of the unconstitutional gun control legislation on the books in DC.
Instead, he is supporting legislation that senate colleague Chuck Grassley of Iowa is drafting which would have federal agencies report all crimes into the current background check system, a system that has a dubious track record of preventing crimes.
It appears that federal Republicans are only content with holding the line and not going on offense.
However, Cruz recognizes that a gun control compromise would not be beneficial for Trump. Ultimately he believes that such a move would be demoralizing to conservatives “so they stay home.”
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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