“Las Vegas, NV – Today, at a campaign event in Henderson – at which a participant reiterated debunked conspiracy theories Congressman Heck has espoused – Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, officially endorsed Congressman Heck’s campaign. In response, Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate spokesperson Zach Hudson released the following statement:
“After he criticized Republicans who are not supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy last week, the Trump campaign returned the favor and officially gave Congressman Heck its seal of approval today. But this should come as no surprise. Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Congressman Heck all share the same extreme agenda that would tear immigrant families apart, eliminate a woman’s right to choose, and ship more American jobs overseas.” [CCM]
This raises the question: Why would anyone WANT an endorsement from the Trump-Pence Campaign? Especially when it’s associated with statements like:
An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.” [MCUK]
Then there’s the infamous disparagement of John McCain’s service: “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at the Family Leadership Summit, during a discussion. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” […] Trump almost immediately denied saying McCain was not a war hero, and then criticized the senator for not doing enough for veterans.” [Politico] This from a man who got several deferments from service during the Viet Nam war – and who was comfortably at home while McCain was imprisoned.
Followed by the Major Whopper:
“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” [Newsday] This has been thoroughly debunked!
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said at a rally in Iowa, pointing his finger at the crowd like he was shooting a handgun, as he expressed confidence that he would remain atop the Republican field.” [Newsday] The statement reads like it came from a cult leader, not a mainstream politician? And, then there’s this:
“In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians, we have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before — as a group, we have never seen before, what’s happening right now. The medieval times — I mean, we studied medieval times — not since medieval times have people seen what’s going on. I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” [Newsday]
I’m not sure anyone will ever be able to explain to Mr. Trump that the reason the United States and other nations signed the Geneva Accords was to PROTECT THEIR OWN TROOPS from inhumane treatment. But, wait, we can’t leave out Trump picking a fight with a Gold Star family.
“I saw him. He was, you know, very emotional. And probably looked like — a nice guy to me. His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” [Newsday] Oh, please, that’s been explained, and Mr. Khan is the furthest thing from a misogynistic caveman of the Trump variety one can think of.
“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest.” [Newsday] We ought to take a closer look at this one. He continued: “She can’t beat what’s happening here,” the Republican presidential nominee told the crowd in Altoona on Friday night. “The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat, OK?” [NBC] (emphasis added) Now just where might those “certain sections” be located? We’ve moved from dog whistle into bull horn territory here – he’s obviously speaking of urban, predominantly African American or minority, neighborhoods. The premise here is that if a candidate gets votes from “others,” like Hispanic, African American, or other ethnic minority voters then the election is “rigged.” Alternately, only white voters cast legitimate ballots – ergo, only elections with all white voters are legitimate. White Nationalism/Supremacist thinking on parade for all to see.
But wait, there’s more! With the addition of Stephen Bannon to the Trump-Pence campaign we can expect more of this.
“Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it. He used to brag regularly about helping to integrate his fraternity at Tulane University. He insisted that racial stories be treated with special care to avoid even the whiff of racism. With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.” [Wire]
So, let’s review. Candidate Heck has been endorsed by a campaign which has insulted __ Women __ LGBT__Native Americans__African Americans __Hispanic Americans __ Veterans __Muslims__ The US Military __ The US Intelligence Services (check all boxes). Further, the campaign refuses to release Trump’s Tax Returns. Remember the fuss Trump raised about Obama’s birth certificate and records from Columbia University? Evidently, the rules that apply to other candidates and incumbents do not apply to the Mighty Trump.
Trump and Pence are leading the Party which proudly advertises in its platform (pdf) the following radical right wing proposals: [See also Alternet]
“The Republican vision for American banking calls for establishing transparent, efficient markets where consumers can obtain loans they need at reasonable rates based on market conditions. Unfortunately, in response to the financial institutions crisis of 2008-2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, otherwise known as Dodd-Frank.”
“The worst of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, deliberately designed to be a rogue agency. It answers to neither Congress nor the executive, has its own guaranteed funding outside the appropriations process… If the Bureau is not abolished, it should be subjected to congressional appropriation.”
You read this correctly – all the protections in place to correct the banker’s reckless actions leading up to the last Recession will be wiped away along with any protection from predatory lenders.
“Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.”
Translation: No increase in the federal minimum wage.
“We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”
Translation: Freedom to discriminate.
“We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all 50 states. We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common modern rifle.”
Open carry, of anything, anywhere in a nation coping with mass shootings and tragic loss of life.
“We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”
This is about as anti-choice as it gets.
“Impose no changes for persons 55 or older. Give others the option of traditional Medicare or transition to a premium-support model designed to strengthen patient choice, promote cost-saving competition among providers.”
Translation: “Premium Support” = Coupons. My, my, I seem to remember an advertisement from the Heck camp recently telling me that he supports Medicare? Maybe not quite??
Representative Heck is now associated with not only an unpalatable platform from a reactionary party, but also with a white-nationalist, misogynistic, bigoted, abrasive, bullying campaign. It will be interesting to see how candidate Heck responds to his recent endorsement.