It’s Halloween and we’re just a little over a week away from Election Day. Maybe that’s why so many Democrats have decided to dress up as moderates.
Haunted by their radical records, Democrats are trying to trick voters into thinking they’re not the left-wing partisans their records suggest. But these Democrats are as extreme as they come, and that’s not going to change after an election. Only Republicans can deliver an alternative to the status quo.
Just look at Arizona Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly. He’s voted with Joe Biden 94% of the time. His record includes ignoring the border crisis and refusing to fund additional Border Patrol agents. He voted for Biden’s $1.9 trillion “stimulus” that sent inflation soaring to its highest level in 40 years. And he’s supported Biden’s war on American energy. As a result, Phoenix gas prices are $1.90 higher than when Biden took office. Arizona families are struggling with the worst inflation in the country. And the state is on the frontlines of an historic border crisis and fentanyl epidemic. None of this is moderate, but Kelly is hoping voters will forget that by Election Day.
In Ohio, Democrat Senate nominee Tim Ryan is trying to pass for a moderate. He pretends to be concerned about families struggling with inflation but voted for Biden’s inflation-fueling legislation, voted to hike taxes by 6.7 trillion over his career, and is sending 87,000 IRS agents to audit the middle class. He talks tough about the Biden administration’s border crisis but voted against securing the border. And while Ryan claims to stay out of culture wars, he’s on record telling radical activists they can “count on” him to champion far-left social causes in the Senate. That shouldn’t surprise us, though. Ryan has voted with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden 100% of the time.
And then there’s Pennsylvania’s John Fetterman, the costume king. With his oversized Carhartt hoodie and basketball shorts, he’s clearly trying to portray himself as a tough, working-class everyman. In reality, the Democrat Senate nominee is an ‘incredibly privileged’ leftist whose ‘main source of income’ well into adulthood was an allowance from his parents. His radical record is even scarier. He’s campaigned on bringing Bernie Sanders’ far-left agenda to Pennsylvania. He doesn’t believe in any abortion restrictions. Under the administration Fetterman is a part of as lieutenant governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Education suggests “gender neutral pronouns” for students and includes a lesson guide for “gender-neutral day” beginning in third grade. He’s declared war on Pennsylvania’s fracking industry, calling it a “stain” on the state and demanded a fracking ban on multiple occasions a fracking ban on multiple occasions. He’s called for “reimagining the police“ and, as a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, put a record number of criminals back on the street. Fetterman has even voted to release five brutal first-degree murderers. And as recently as last year, he admitted that he wants to free every second-degree murderer in Pennsylvania prisons. With crime rates soaring in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Fetterman’s soft-on-crime record couldn’t be more tone deaf.
It’s easy to see what’s going on here. Democrats’ ship is sinking. A stunning 93% of voters rank inflation at the top of their concerns, with crime close behind. Republicans lead Democrats in the generic ballot thanks to great candidates like Blake Masters in Arizona, J.D. Vance in Ohio, and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. Americans are hungry for new leadership and desperate for relief from Democrat disasters.
And Democrats know it, which is why they’re trying to portray themselves as moderates. They know their radical records are their worst enemies. But don’t fall for it. Democrats haven’t seen the light and rejected their radical policies. They’ve simply put on a costume. And it’s coming off as soon as the election is over.
Ronna McDaniel is the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
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