This Republican senator is taking being pro-Trump to a whole other level

乔治亚共和党参议员. Kelly Loeffler was apparently on another planet or something during the 2016 总统竞选.

Asked Wednesday about her previous assertion that there was nothing — 不. 一. thingon which she and President Donald Trump disagreed, Loeffler reiterated that fact. Pressed by reporters on whether her unanimous support for Trump included sexist and misogynistic comments he made about women that were caught on an Access Hollywoodtape and released just before the 2016 选举, Loeffler said this: “看, what I agree with is the approach President Trump has taken since day one to put America First.
Which, er, 好? 但, it got worse. Here’s what came next between a reporter and Loeffler:
记者: “And you’re still not disagreeing with that particular thing that President Trump said, you’re still not disagreeing with that?”
    洛夫勒: “抱歉, what are you referring to?”
    记者: You’re still not disagreeing with President Trump’s statements about personally sexually assaulting women.
    洛夫勒: “I’m not familiar with that.
    At which point, CNN’s Manu Raju interjects to note that the other reporter isreferring to the Access Hollywood tape.To which Loeffler responds:
    Yeah no. This President is fighting for America. That’s what I’m fighting for to make sure that every American has their chance to live the American dream and against the socialist policies that Joe Biden is espousing every day.
    It’s hard to even rate this set of answers from Loeffler on the ridiculous scale. We might need to create a whole new scale. 因为, while she was not yet in the Senate in 2016 — she was appointed by the governor to the seat of former Sen. Johnny Isakson in early 2020 — 她曾经是, 事实上, alive during the last presidential campaign.

    And anyoneand I mean anyone living in America at that time would have been aware of Trump’s comments to Billy Bush, as captured on theAccess Hollywoodtape. It created a massive furor in the final days of the race as a number of Republican leaders called for Trump to leave the contest or distanced themselves from him entirely. Trump dismissed the episode as locker room talk.
    It is completely and totally impossible that Loeffler was a) unaware of the story when it happened and b) had not heard of it in the intervening four years. 从字面上看 inconceivable.
    So what is she up to? 答案, as almost always, is politics.
    Because Isakson left before his term ended in 2022, Loeffler’s appointment only holds through the November election. 在十一月 3, there will be an all-party primary. If no candidate gets 50% 投票, which is very, very likely, the top two vote-gettersregardless of partyadvance to a January runoff.
    Polling suggests that the Rev. 拉斐尔·沃诺克, the preferred nominee of national Democrats, is virtually assured of a spot in that runoff. Loeffler is battling Rep. 道格·柯林斯 ([R) for the other spot. (Collins was Trump’s choice for the appointment.)
    And Loeffler has made the calculation that the way she beats out Collins is to be more Trumpian than Trump. She had a perfect 100% pro-Trump voting score this year, according to calculations made by 538. She has embraced Marjorie Taylor Greene, the likely congresswoman from the state’s 14th district, who has made a name for herself nationally by embracing the QAnon movement and making a number of xenophobic and Islamophobic comments.
      This latest gambitthat she is unfamiliar with Trump’s vulgar comments about womenis simply in keeping with Loeffler’s strategy to ensure that Collins can’t be more pro-Trump than she is.
      And it might work! But that doesn’t make it right.


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