WATCH: Multiple GOP Senators Rip Trump’s Debate Performance

There are a number of Republican senators up for reelection in 2020. For some of them, sharing the ballot with Donald Trump could be helpful. For many more, it might be the end of their political career.

So when Donald Trump took the debate stage on Tuesday night, he was fighting for other Republicans on the ticket as well as for himself. And considering that the event was a total disaster for Trump, he didn’t do any of those incumbents any favors.

Republicans working in the senate were willing to rip Trump more than usual when discussing his debate performance today.

Unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney of Utah was willing to go farther than most. “I thought it was an embarrassment,” he told one reporter. In another interview, Romney said, “I can say I watched the debate last night. It was not a Lincoln Douglas debate, that’s for sure.”

"I think he should correct it, and if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak."

GOP Senators Mitt Romney and Tim Scott respond to Pres. Trump not denouncing white supremacist groups during the first presidential debate. https://t.co/w73ljMQOpK pic.twitter.com/5ClOqeh90Q read more

Trump Advertises Ted Cruz’s New Book to Drum Up Support for Filling Supreme Court Vacancy

Trump Press Conference Mail In Voting Meltdown

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to drum up support for filling in the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The president advertised Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s new book, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History.

Our Great 1st Amendment, our Great 2nd Amendment, our right to worship God & so much more comes down to one vote on the Court. @TedCruz has a fantastic new book, ‘One Vote Away’, out today!” the president wrote, adding that “It’s the best book to read as we fight to” confirm his nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court.

Our Great 1st Amendment, our Great 2nd Amendment, our right to worship God & so much more comes down to one vote on the Court. @TedCruz has a fantastic new book, “One Vote Away”, out today! It's the best book to read as we fight to #ConfirmACB to #SCOTUS. https://t.co/M9xyXiUti2 read more

Ted Cruz Accuses Oprah Winfrey Of Racism

Ted Cruz has lashed out at Oprah Winfrey after she openly discussed the issue of white privilege in a new interview. The Republican senator accused Winfrey of racism.

Cruz sent a tweet sharing an article from conservative outlet The Blaze slamming Winfrey for highlighting white privilege during an interview on her new Apple TV+ show The Oprah Conversation.

Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us,” Cruz wrote.

Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:

"You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”

What utter, racist BS. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ read more

Ted Cruz Claims Columbus Didn’t Commit Genocide

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) defended Christopher Columbus, referring to the protesters who toppled a statue of the explorer at Minnesota’s state capitol as the “American Taliban.”

His remark earned him criticism from Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who noted that the demonstration was organized by indigenous people, upon whose ancestors “Columbus literally started a genocide against.”

“What a sick thing to say about those taking down monuments to their own oppression,” she added.

This was organized and led by Indigenous people.

Columbus literally started a genocide against them.

What a sick thing to say about those taking down monuments to their own oppression. https://t.co/awLxvyXGDZ read more

Ted Cruz Gets Haircut at Texas Salon Owned by Woman Who Was Jailed This Week for Reopening Her Business

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received his first haircut in three months at Salon à la Mode, the same salon owned by Shelley Luther, who was jailed this week for defying the state’s stay-at-home order and reopening her business early.

“Hair salons & barbershops are open in TX today. Just got my hair cut for first time in 3 months at Salon ALa Mode to support Shelley Luther, who was wrongly imprisoned when she refused to apologize for trying to earn a living,” Cruz wrote on social media. “Glad Shelley is out of jail & her business is open!”

Hair salons & barbershops are open in TX today. Just got my hair cut for first time in 3 months at Salon ALa Mode to support Shelley Luther, who was wrongly imprisoned when she refused to apologize for trying to earn a living. Glad Shelley is out of jail & her business is open! pic.twitter.com/yJD8fWb84W read more

Four GOP Senators Push for Trump to Suspend Visas “During Recovery from the Coronavirus Pandemic”

Senators  Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote a letter to President Donald Trump suggesting he suspend visas for guest workers “during recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The news was first reported by Politico. The lawmakers suggest Trump suspend guest worker visas for 60 days and prevent some workers from returning to the U.S. for up to a year. Exceptions would apply only to companies that can prove they can’t hire U.S. citizens to fill their open positions.

“After sixty days, we urge you to continue to suspend new nonimmigrant guest workers for one year or until our national unemployment figures return to normal levels, whichever comes first,” the senators recommend. “That suspension should, at minimum, include H-2B visas (nonagricultural seasonal workers), H-1B visas (specialty occupation workers),  and the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program (extension of foreign student visas after graduation). We also urge you to suspend the E-B5 immigrant visa program, effective immediately.”

You can read the complete letter HERE.

The Department of Labor reported that an additional 3.2 million Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, after factoring in seasonal adjustments, which are used to account for seasonal hiring fluctuations. Without those adjustments, the number is 2.8 million.

The total number of unemployed Americans now stands at more than 33 million. The weekly numbers have declined since reaching a peak of 6.9 million claims in late March.

The president has acknowledged the reopening the nation’s economy would result in more illness and death from the pandemic, but has continued to advocate for it anyway.

“Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes,” Trump said earlier this week. “But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”

Texas Republicans Are Freaking Out About 2020 Losses Already

The Republican Party of Texas is in panic mode.

Shocked by the results of the 2018 midterm elections that saw the GOP lose a record number of seats in the House, and by the close race that saw incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) almost lose his seat to rising star Beto O’Rourke (D), the Texas GOP is taking steps to fight for their lives in 2020.

According to POLITICO, the Texas Republican Party has massive fundraising goals for next year’s elections. They are now desperately trying to hang on to congressional seats in a former red state that is now seeing huge demographic changes which threaten the GOP’s dominance.

If these trends continue, Texas could soon turn into a blue state, and the mere thought of that is enough to send Texas Republicans into panic mode.

The POLITICO report said:

“Facing a rapidly changing voter base, anti-Trump fervor and a more motivated Democratic Party, the state GOP is moving earlier than ever to prepare after watching two House members lose in 2018 and another half-dozen win by fewer than 5 points.” read more

GOP Strategist: Trump Has Killed the Republican Party

Rick Tyler on MSNBC

Appearing on MSNBC, GOP strategist Rick Tyler said he was extremely upset at what he heard from Donald Trump during his speech at CPAC. But even more disturbing, Tyler said, was the enthusiastic reception the president was received from the crowd. As the National Spokesman and Communications Director for Cruz for President, Rick was a senior member of Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign team.

“It’s interesting about CPAC,” Tyler said. “It used to be the confab of conservatives who would get together once a year but it’s not CPAC anymore — it hasn’t been since 2016. It’s now Trump-pac and should be TPAC.”

“The people there talk about being pro-tariffs, anti-justice, anti-law enforcement, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, pro-Russia, pro-autocrat,” he continued. “It’s unrecognizable what Donald Trump has done to the party and what he’s done to the conservative movement — it’s a shame.”

When asked, “What can be done to resurrect the Republican Party as it was — or is that gone?” Tyler said the party is dead.

“Rest in peace,” he lamented, adding:

“No, it’s over. The problem is that the Republican Party has no grounding governing philosophy anymore because they’ve signed on to all these things as I just mentioned that were antithetical to the conservative movement.” read more