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The Republican Accountability PAC Scam
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Donald Trump at a campaign rally, August 2, 2018, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock)

They wanted Joe Biden, they worked to get Joe Biden, they got Joe Biden.

But they claim to be Republicans.

Right.

And now the results produced by all those Never Trumpers in the anti-Trump Republican Accountability PAC are in.

Here is this from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:

Date: 4 July 2022

From 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, to 24:00 midnight on 3 July 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 11,152 civilian casualties in the country: 4,889 killed and 6,263 injured. This included:

  • a total of 4,889 killed (1,862 men, 1,264 women, 137 girls, and 157 boys, as well as 41 children and 1,428 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • a total of 6,263 injured (1,246 men, 881 women, 138 girls, and 193 boys, as well as 190 children and 3,615 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 6,252 casualties (2,844 killed and 3,408 injured)
  • On Government-controlled territory: 5,242 casualties (2,643 killed and 2,599 injured)

Got that? With Donald Trump gone from the White House and Joe Biden in his place, as the Republican Accountability PAC wished, Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, killing and injuring tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Well done, Republican Accountability PAC!

Putin saw in Joe Biden exactly what, according to the New York Times, Biden’s own staff is seeing — that the president of the United States, whom the Republican Accountability PAC went out of their way to elect, is in fact a weak, doddering old man who, per the Times:

often shuffles when he walks, and aides worry he will trip on a wire. He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.

Then there’s the U.S. southern border under Biden. Here’s the headline from Fox News:

Texas Gov. Abbott blames Biden immigration policies for ‘invasion’ driven by cartels at southern border

The story begins:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott believes that there is an ‘invasion’ going on at the southern border driven by cartels and exacerbated by White House policies.

Excellent job again, Republican Accountability PAC.

You wanted Biden, you abandoned the president who wanted to protect — and was protecting — the border, and now, per the governor of Texas, the policies you supported have produced an “‘invasion’ going on at the southern border driven by cartels.”

Bravo, Republican Accountability PAC! Bravo!

And let’s not forget what the economic policies of the man you wanted elected have produced for Americans. Here are a few of those headlines, starting with this one from June of this year:

Gas Prices Soar to Record High for 9th Consecutive Day During Joe Biden’s War on American Energy

This jewel of a news report begins by saying this:

Gas prices soared to a record high on Monday for the ninth consecutive day during President Joe Biden’s war on American energy, according to AAA data.

The average price of a gallon of gas is $4.86, up 25 cents from last Monday. Last month, gas prices were $4.27, nearly 60 cents less expensive.

And that’s just the price of gas. The Western Journal reports that

One of the biggest hits to the wallets of everyday Americans came in the category of food, as both meat and egg prices rose more than 11 percent over the course of a year.

The price of furniture and bedding rose “13.8 percent in price, while new vehicles rose 11.8 percent” while “used vehicle prices have jumped 37.3 percent since December 2020, and hotels have risen 27.6 percent.”

CNBC headlined this:

Inflation rose 9.1% in June, even more than expected, as consumer pressures intensify

Bravo again, Republican Accountability PAC! Bravo again!

Here’s a refresher on what the so-called “Republican Accountability PAC” is really about: They are nothing more than the modern incarnation of the Ruling Class of the GOP Establishment. They’re livid at an outsider bringing fresh, intellectual accountability to the Republican Party, not to mention attracting millions of Americans who have never set foot in a country club.

There is nothing new about this. Let’s take a look back at just how the rise of outsider Ronald Reagan was treated in the 1960s and 1970s by the Republican ancestors of today’s anti-Trump Republican Accountability PAC. As I have noted previously here in The American Spectator:

  • Vice President Nelson Rockefeller dismissed Reagan as “a minority of a minority” who “has been taking some extreme positions.”
  • New York’s Republican Sen. Jacob Javits: Reagan’s positions are “so extreme that they would alter our country’s very economic and social structure and our place in the world to such a degree as to make our country’s place at home and abroad, as we know it, a thing of the past.”
  •  Illinois Republican Sen. Charles Percy said Reagan’s candidacy was “foolhardy” and would lead to a “crushing defeat” for the Republican Party. “It could signal the beginning of the end of our party as an effective force in American political life.”
  •  Former President Gerald Ford: “I hear more and more often that we don’t want, can’t afford to have a replay of 1964.” If the Republican Party nominates Ronald Reagan “it would be an impossible situation” because Reagan “is perceived as a most conservative Republican. A very conservative Republican can’t win in a national election.” Asked if that meant Ford thought Reagan can’t win, Ford replied to the New York Times: “That’s right.” The Times story went on to observe that Ford thought “Mr. Reagan would be a sure-loser in November” and that Reagan held “extreme and too-simple views.”

On and on went this kind of thing, just as it goes on now with their political descendants, the anti-Trump Republican Accountability PAC.

Let’s be plain: the Republican Accountability PAC is decidedly not — say again, not — about being Republican. They are the very embodiment of the RINO — Republican in Name Only. They are exactly what Ronald Reagan used to call “fraternal order” Republicans.

They have made plain their rejection of Republican and conservative principles. Had their anti-Trump ideological soulmates gotten their way in 2016, there would be, to cite but one example, no Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, or Coney Barrett.

In 1983, on the 10th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Reagan wrote an essay titled “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.” In it, he specifically said that he supported “attempts to reverse the tragic policy of abortion-on-demand imposed by the Supreme Court ten years ago.”

President Trump got done what President Reagan — and millions of Americans over decades — wanted done.

But if the Republican Accountability PAC had gotten its way in 2016, President Hilary Clinton would have appointed three liberal justices, and Roe would still be in effect.

Look. This is a free country. If the people behind the Republican Accountability PAC want to go out of their way to defeat the man who upheld the principles of constitutional conservatism, energy independence, low taxes and no inflation, a secure southern border, and a Reagan-style peace through strength in foreign policy, then they are free to do so.

But let no one be fooled. These are not Republicans. This is a scam, not a movement. If they really want “Republican Accountability,” they could start by looking in the mirror.

They won’t.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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