In Federalist #62, James Madison explained that service in the United States Senate requires extensive knowledge and stability of character. Senators, he added, must resist “the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.”
donald trumpDonald TrumpTrump rips Biden as he heads into 2024 campaign Trump’s former national security adviser condemns Putin at CPAC GOP senator dodges question on whether Trump should condemn Putin MORE probably hasn’t read Federalist #62. And, it seems clear, Trump has only two criteria for endorsing U.S. Senate nominees: a sycophant submission to him and full-throated declarations that he has won the 2020 presidential election. he has argued so far are far removed from the political mainstream. They are unfit to serve in what has been hailed as “the greatest legislative body in the world.”
Born and raised in Georgia, Herschel Walker was an American football star for the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the 1980s. He resided in Texas for a decade. Walker’s checkered personal history includes alleged threats against his ex-wife, exaggerated claims of financial success, and struggles with dissociative identity disorder. In December 2021, he admitted that his repeated claims that he had graduated from college were not true.
Seen but rarely heard on the campaign trail, Walker tells his audience that he is qualified to be a U.S. senator “because I love America and I’m going to fight for America.” When he elaborates, his words become, well, incoherent: “Build Back Better. You probably want to become energy independent. Otherwise, you will depend on other countries for your livelihood. Build back better. You probably want something in writing, like the law of the land, stating that all men should be treated equally. Oh! We have a constitution. So you probably want to put people in charge of who is going to fight for the constitution. Just thinking about it. God bless you.”
Kelly Tshibaka, the former Alaska administrative commissioner who has spent much of her adult life in Washington DC, challenges the senator. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRichmond Says Jackson Will Fill Supreme Court ‘Void’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden announces Supreme Court pick amid ongoing Ukraine crisis Graham over Jackson’s nomination: ” The radical left “won” again MORE (R-Alaska) for the Republican nomination. Tshibaka said “there is no dividing wall between church and state;” “many people who have used illegal drugs are experiencing demonic oppression;” homosexuality “is caused by childhood sexual abuse” and can be prevented “with the help of Jesus Christ” through “conversion therapy”. Tshibaka also thinks the “Twilight” book and movie series is “evil” and exposes readers and viewers “to attacks from the enemy”.
A few minutes after lara trumpLara TrumpJan. 6 organizers used cellphones to communicate with White House: report Trump’s past critics become potent weapon in GOP primarieshis daughter-in-law, said she will not enter the Republican senatorial primary in North Carolina, Donald Trump endorsed the congressman Ted BudTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddCook’s political report changes forecast for two Senate races against GOP Republicans rejected by Trump in primaries that still embrace him Midterm primaries could be key to balancing Senate MORE. The January 6 assault on the US Capitol, Budd asserts, “was nothing. They were just standing patriots. Although Budd voted against the US bailout, his family business applied for and received a $10 million loan from the Payroll Protection Program.
Budd opposes universal background checks for all gun sales. He is against preventing people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns. He supports legislation that would allow 20 million Americans to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
Determined to push to ban abortion “from the start”, Budd co-sponsored legislation granting equal protection under 14and Amendment to the United States Constitution for the right to life of every human being born and unborn. The bill defines the human person as “every member of the homo sapiens species at all stages of life, including the time of fertilization”. It makes no exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Republican Congressman from Alabama Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksAll eyes are on Trump as Timken gains momentum in Ohio “What-aboutism” – Ruling against Trump leaves more free speech questions than answers sought and failed to win the Republican nomination for senator without Trump’s endorsement in 2020. This time he received the former president’s backing – in part, no doubt, because the Jan. 6, Brooks said, “Today America’s patriots are starting to shoot names and kicks,” shortly before rioters disrupted Congressional certification of the presidential election. Denying his claim later that he had no idea violence would ensue, Brooks wore a bulletproof vest under his jacket when he addressed the crowd.
Brooks is widely ridiculed for his grotesquely uninformed and incendiary opinions. Following the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, he claimed, “The Muslim community, if they had nothing to do with it, would kill every gay person in the United States.” When experts presented statistics on sea level rise to the House Science Committee, Brooks declined to attribute it to climate change: “Rocks are falling into the ocean… What about he of the white cliffs of Dover… and of California, where the waves break against the shores… All this moves the water which forces it to rise.
Trump also endorsed Sean Parnell for the GOP Senate nomination in Pennsylvania. But Parnell suspended his campaign following a judge’s ruling that his ex-wife’s domestic and child abuse accusations were credible enough to warrant awarding him primary custody of their three children.
And Trump is apparently still considering endorsing Eric Greitens as the Republican nominee for U.S. senator from Missouri, even though Greitens resigned as governor of the state four years ago after his hairstylist told a state panel that he tied her up in his basement, stripped her naked. naked, forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to blackmail her with compromising photographs to cover up their affair.
Imagine the US Senate (and House of Representatives) with slim Republican majorities in 2023 and some of those Trump-endorsed office holders holding the balance of power – then vote with that very real possibility in mind.
Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of “Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century.