Anti-Trump Neocons Led By Ex-CIA Operative To Back Democrats In Midterms
October 14, 2021 |Anti-Trump Neocons Led By Ex-CIA Operative To Back Democrats In Midterms
A group of Republicans who hate all things Trump are set to endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers throughout next year's midterm election season in a bid to stop the Republican party from regaining control of Congress.
Led in part by former CIA counterintelligence officer and failed 2016 Reoublican presidential candidate Evan McMullin (now an independent), the "Renew America Movement" (RAM) claims to support "principled Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who have the courage to stand up to political extremists in races across the country."
'Founding signatories' include notable neocons and anti-Trumpers McMullin, Anthony Scaramucci, George Conway, Max Boot, Michael Hayden, Michael Chertoff, Tom Ridge and dozens of others.
Trump, meanwhile, has endorsed several candidates who are mounting primary challenges against GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach him over the Jan. 6 Capitol riots - such as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, according to Reuters.
RAM, whose leadership includes former Republican Governors Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Bill Weld of Massachusetts, said supporting moderate candidates is vital to safeguarding American democracy. -Reuters
"With the mounting threats to our democracy and Constitution, we need people who work proactively to lead their party and the country away from the political extremes," the group's national political director, Joel Searby, told the outlet.
So far, RAM will endorse and/or campaign for 11 moderate Democrats, 9 moderate Republians and one independent running in next year's midterm elections. Those backed include Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Sen. Mark Kelley (D-AZ).
Unsurprisingly, they're also supporting Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
While claiming to 'lead the country away from the political extremes,' we note that the group doesn't seem to be opposing any far-left Democratic socialists - arguably the most 'politically extreme' faction in DC.