Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Republicans remove references to Trump from websites

Ahead of the US midterm elections
Republicans remove references to Trump from websites

Republicans in the US seek to regain power in the US Congress in the midterm elections to be held in November. Some candidates have recently removed references to controversial topics from their online profiles: Trump and abortion. There may be good reasons for that.

At least nine Republican congressional candidates have removed or changed references to former President Donald Trump or abortion from their online profiles in the past few months. This is reported, among other things, by the “Washington Post”. For example, Yesley Vega, a Republican running for the US House of Representatives in the Virginia District, no longer mentions her relationship with Trump at the top of her Twitter page.

Other examples: Barbara Kirkmeyer, currently a senator for the state of Colorado, removed any mention of the word abortion from her campaign website. The Republican is also running for the House of Representatives. Arizona’s Republican nominee for US Senate Blake Masters has removed from his website references to both anti-abortion positions he once championed and false claims by Trump that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

In the midterm elections in November, Republicans seek to win a majority from Democrats in the two houses of the US Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Republican pollster Whit Ayres told the Washington Post that the best strategy is to turn the midterm elections into a referendum on the Biden administration. “Anything that detracts from that focus undermines the Republican position.”

Abortion decision unpopular in the United States

But both the abortion issue and Trump threaten to become a problem for Republicans at the moment. In late June, the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that had guaranteed abortion rights in the US Constitution for nearly 50 years. According to surveys, the majority of US citizens disapprove of the court’s decision. And Trump is currently making negative headlines, too: In early August, FBI federal police searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago villa in Palm Beach, Florida. The FBI seized several sets of documents classified as top secret.

Recently it became known that investigators also found signs of possible obstruction of justice following Trump’s raid. The Justice Department wrote in an released court document, “Evidence has been found that government records were potentially hidden and removed from storage (at Trump’s mansion) and attempts to obstruct investigations (…) were done.”

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