Why Is The New York Times Urging America To Buddy Up With Communist China

The New York Times editorial board published a piece last weekend that shows a worrying bias for America’s greatest foe: the Chinese Communist Party.

The piece, titled “Who Benefits From Confrontation With China,” is a masterclass in misdirection and falsehood. If it were not published in America’s “paper of record,” it would be just as at home in China Daily.

Arguing that Americans must avoid a “glib” and “misguided” cold war narrative, the editorial seeks a policy of “emphasizing competition with China while minimizing confrontation.” The line mimics CCP agitprop and ignores geopolitical realities. The editorial board frames the rising tensions between China and the United States as primarily the fault of American politicians — particularly in the Republican Party — who are hyperbolizing the danger from the CCP.

In reality, the U.S. has been far too soft on China throughout the 21st century, with each presidential administration doing its part. Former President George W. Bush brought China into the World Trade Organization (WTO). Former President Barack Obama studiously avoided conflict with the CCP. Former President Donald Trump put trade pressure on Beijing while simultaneously praising Chinese President Xi Jinping’s life tenure, and President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and his family have financial ties to the Chinese regime.

Despite two decades of favorable or neutral treatment, China has consistently provoked and aggrieved its neighbors and the U.S.-led world order. China has militarized the South China Sea — an international waterway. It has used civilian fishing fleets as cover for military actions. It has waged brutal battles against Indian soldiers for control of disputed territory high in the Himalayas. It has, at best, covered up the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and, at worst, deliberately released it from a virology lab. And, most recently, it floated a spy balloon across the entirety of the continental United States, including our sensitive military sites. This is not mere friendly competition.

The editorial uses various tropes commonplace among CCP apologists, all meant to downplay or excuse the malign actions of the Chinese government and shift the narrative in Beijing’s favor.

First, the editorial board claims the U.S. must reduce tensions with China because the relationship economically benefits both countries. But the United States does not benefit like China does. China abuses its economic power to stifle competition, promotes the “digital fentanyl” of TikTok to America’s youth, and steals important intellectual property — most often in the military realm. The New York Times-owned magazine published an incredible exposé on Chinese government industrial espionage only a few days before this major editorial.

Second, the editors mention that the U.S. needs China to combat climate change, or else the whole planet is doomed. Setting climate change science aside, they presume Beijing will act in good faith. China has massively accelerated its construction and use of coal-fired power plants — a fuel source that activists including Swedish truant Greta Thunberg protest against in nations like Germany. The editorial board has previously excoriated Republicans for not doing enough on climate while ignoring China’s actions.

Third, the editors argue that China “continues to show strikingly little interest in persuading other nations to adopt its social and political values.” They claim, then, that China is not a threat on par with the Soviet Union.

But Xi has consistently sought to export the “China model” abroad, specifically stating as much in official communiqués. American experts, including Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations, have proven that China exports its ideology. Budding authoritarians the world over salivate at the totalitarian information control that the CCP exerts at home, while still advancing the basic standard of living to forestall popular revolt.

Fourth, the editorial board claims that anti-American sentiment does not unite Chinese political leaders. This is a page torn right from the old pro-Iran playbook, in the purported split between “moderates” and “hardliners.” As with Iran, the dichotomy does not apply to China. Xi’s increasingly personal rule has cemented that fact. Just before the editorial’s publication, Xi was given a third term as Chinese dictator — effectively making him ruler for life. The vote was a foregone conclusion as were the appointments of his allies to all key positions in China’s government. There are no “moderates” in charge of China, and The New York Times would do well to note that.

The editorial board’s fifth and last pro-engagement argument is that the U.S. cannot “pull back from forums where it has long engaged China,” such as the World Trade Organization. The editors oddly picked the international institution that China has most abused. It has ignored or deliberately broken WTO rules from day one by continuing prohibited policies and refusing to comply with the judgments of trade courts. China has also captured the World Health Organization, which failed to investigate Covid-19’s origins.

American politicians are finally seeing the CCP’s threat to the U.S. But The New York Times views the growing bipartisan consensus on opposing China as the provocation. This purposeful reversal of cause — Chinese malfeasance — and effect — the building bipartisan consensus on China — follows CCP propaganda and aims at turning U.S. policy and public opinion toward a non-confrontational posture.

The editorial board’s pro-CCP bias has many causes, but most revolve around profit. For years, the NYT took money from the Chinese government to run more than 200 propaganda advertorials. The NYT scrubbed those puff pieces from its website in 2020. The articles reached millions of Americans. The immoral editorials did not drive the paper’s profits, though the CCP paid several hundred thousand dollars for them. The key profit motive, subscriber revenue, reinforces the pro-CCP bias.

The NYT maintains and grows its subscriber base by appealing to the professional-managerial class. And that class has the most direct and intricate economic links to China. They would lose the most from an escalation or decoupling, so the editorial board defends the status quo and thus its readership’s bias

Unlike the NYT, the American people are rejecting China as a partner and seeing it as the danger that it is. Since 2020, American public opinion on China has drastically shifted in a negative direction, with most people in both parties viewing Beijing as a threat instead of a partner. Congress has begun to reflect these concerns with the establishment of the House China Committee and efforts to counter CCP influence.

The American people and their representatives have woken up to the China challenge. It is far beyond time we reject the naïve idea of engagement with China and The New York Times editorial board with it.

Mike Coté is a writer and podcaster focusing on history, Great Power rivalry, and geopolitics. He blogs at rationalpolicy.com, hosts the Rational Policy podcast, and can be found on Twitter @ratlpolicy.


Mike Pompeo: Next GOP President Must Consider Changes to Medicare, Social Security

While the Republican Party fights internally on how to address entitlement benefits like medicare and social security, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the next Republican president “has to be more serious” than previous GOP presidents about addressing the national debt, even if it means making significant changes to Social Security and Medicare.

Pompeo’s comments on the national debt and entitlements came on Friday during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“I stare today at $31 trillion in debt and tell my son, ‘Make sure you work hard, because Social Security may just not be there for you,’” Pompeo told the CPAC audience.

Pompeo also took a jab at his old boss, former President Donald Trump, and criticized his administration for adding $8 trillion to the national debt. Pompeo said:

Every recent administration, Republican and Democrat alike, added trillions in dollars to our debt. That is deeply unconservative. [The] Trump administration, the administration I served, added $8 trillion in new debt. This is indecent and can’t continue. Earning back that trust will be hard work. It won’t just be a campaign speech.

“It is absolutely the case that the next Republican president has to be more serious than previous Republican presidents have ever been about getting our fiscal house in order,” he reportedly said.

“We have to make sure that these programs, Medicare and Social Security, which comprise a significant piece of federal expenditures, are on a sustainable trajectory,” Pompeo said. “We owe it to the next generation to make sure we get that right … conservatives owe that to America.”

Pompeo’s remarks also come as Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have accused Republicans of wanting to cut Medicare and Social Security.

Pompeo has previously supported increasing the retirement age and reducing cost-of-living adjustments while also allowing younger workers to opt out of the program for private retirement accounts, as Real Clear Politics reported. He also voted for a 2015 budget that would have overhauled the Medicare system.

However, Pompeo’s position on entitlement reform is directly opposed to Trump’s stance. Trump urged Republicans to keep cuts to Medicare and Social Security off the table amid debt ceiling negotiations in January.

“Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security to help pay for Joe Biden’s reckless spending spree, which is more reckless than anybody’s ever done or had in the history of our country,” Trump said.

Pompeo is rumored to to be joining the 2024 Republican presidential primary, where he would go head to head against Trump, Nikki Haley, and the crop of GOP candidates expected to enter the primary.

Still, Pompeo’s position is also not aligned with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA), who recently said cuts to these entitlement programs are “completely off the table.”

Pompeo joins establishment Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in his calls for overhauling these entitlement programs that tens of millions of Americans use.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter.


Exclusive — Kimberly Guilfoyle: The Republican Party Is ‘Trump’s Party’

Exclusive — Kimberly Guilfoyle: The Republican Party Is ‘Trump’s Party’

The Republican Party is “Trump’s party,” Kimberly Guilfoyle, former Fox News commentator and host of Rumble’s upcoming The Kimberly Guilfoyle Show, said during an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday.

Guilfoyle spoke about the 2024 Republican primary race, explaining that she supports former President Donald Trump not because she is engaged to his son, but because she has been friends with the former president for 18 years and knows he is the man for the job. 

“President Trump has been my friend for 18 years. I know the man. Well, that’s why I was the first one to support him in 2016,” she said, calling him “fearless” and “tireless.”

“I do believe that he will get the nomination. I know there’s a lot of other people, you know, running, wanting to run, etc., whether it’s [Nikki] Haley or [Mike] Pompeo, you know, Ron DeSantis, you know, Rick Scott. Who knows? Whoever can throw their hat in. What I do know is the president is really hitting his stride,” she said, explaining that Trump’s base is still there. 

“It’s Trump’s party. He built that, and it’s incredible, and, you know, East Palestine was just another shining example” of Trump showing up, she explained.

“I feel that whole movements, [the] authenticity that people really love and embrace in 2016 — like you and I talked about a lot — it’s there,” she said, noting that Trump welcomes the competition in the primary. 

“It’s like free advertising and marketing for how awesome Trump is,” she said of his allies running while contrasting Trump’s latest moves to President Joe Biden’s inaction.

“You saw it in their faces when he was there,” she said of Trump’s visit to East Palestine. “People really saw, okay, wait a second. These are Trump supporters. Biden didn’t show up. Pete Buttigieg showed up the next day, you know, at like 7:00 a.m. for five minutes.”

“The Democrats have become the party of elitism and globalism, okay? Nobody likes it. President Trump is the party of America First,” she said, making the case that Democrats “don’t care about you.”

“They don’t care about the hard-working men and women across this country. They don’t care if you’re worried about paying your taxes. They don’t care about you being upset about your children getting indoctrinated. They don’t care that they’ve destroyed infrastructure and manufacturing jobs across the country. And they don’t care that they’re exporting … American jobs, okay? They’re more worried about what’s going on in Ukraine and sending your tax dollars there,” she said, noting that America was far more respected on the world stage when Trump was at the helm.

“When President Trump was in office, they knew better. None of this nonsense,” she said, pointing to the Chinese spy balloons and adding that “no one is fearful of Biden.”


Guilfoyle also teased the launch of her new show, which she said will have “nothing off limits.”

She said she is “super excited” about the free marketplace of ideas, being uncensored and “able to get your viewpoints out there.”

“I’ve always loved creating shows. I helped cocreate The Five and Outnumbered at Fox, and so, this show is going to be like nothing off limits,” she said.

“We’re going to talk about, obviously, politics, what’s going on in the swamp in D.C. We’re going to talk about big news stories of the day: entertainment, culture, crime stories. All of the above. So I’m really excited because I have such a diversity of background to be able to do that [and] be a strong conservative voice for the America First movement,” she said, noting her background as a successful prosecutor in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

“We tell you exactly what we think, what we feel, and we have the inside information … and that’s what people want. They want to know what’s going on,” she added. 


Clyburn: House GOP Investigations ‘Waste of Time’ — Trying to ‘Score Political Points’

Clyburn: House GOP Investigations ‘Waste of Time’ — Trying to ‘Score Political Points’

Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) said Monday on MSNBC’s “All In” that House Republicans’ upcoming investigations were “a waste of time” and an attempt to “score political points.”

Anchor Chris Hayes said, “Congressman, having been through this a number of times now, having gone for the majority to the minority, having watched Republicans launched a series of investigations when they get the gavel, what is your expectation and posture towards these various investigations that they are gearing up to do? ”

Clyburn said, “I think they are very, very unnecessary. They are really a waste of time. I think they have proved that with Benghazi. We know what the result of that was, two and a half years. I don’t know how much money was spent, and it was all for naught. It may have been of some detriment to Hillary Clinton, but that is not what we run government for. Government is here to really address the things that are really responsible and things that really get the country moving, get people, lives in order. Not to score political points. If we are going to run this government to score political points, I think the result is going to be the same. We saw that time and time again when they were in power before, and I think that will be the end result this time as well. But then, a lot of money will have been spent and wasted, and a lot of time, but we could be devoting it to improving people’s lives.”

Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN


Schiff: Trump, House GOP Who Voted Not to Certify 2020 Election Are the ‘Principal Threat to Our Country’

Schiff: Trump, House GOP Who Voted Not to Certify 2020 Election Are the ‘Principal Threat to Our Country’

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that former President Donald Trump and the House Republicans who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election are the “principal threat to our country.”

Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said, “I know it’s very premature, and I’ve never asked that candidate at this stage in the campaign this question before, but if you make it United States Senate, would you ask Chuck Schumer for an assignment on the Senate Intelligence Committee?”

Schiff said, “I would certainly be interested in continuing my service on the Intelligence Committee, but more than that, I am determined to do everything I can to defend this country. One of the sad realizations for me over the past few years is that the principal threat to our country now comes from within. It comes from a demagogue like Donald Trump. It comes from the 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives voting to overturn the presidential election because their ambition for office was greater than their devotion to the Constitution. In any capacity, whether it is on the Intelligence Committee or the Judiciary Committee or any other, I intend to fight for California, to fight for American democracy, to fight for an economy that works for everyone. Because at the end of the day, and I have had this conversation with President Biden, if the economy is not delivering, if a democracy isn’t delivering, people start to consider alternatives. There really is no alternative to our form of representative government. I want that legacy passed on to my kids and grandkids.”

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McDaniel vs. Dhillon: RNC Candidates Weigh In On Election Integrity

McDaniel vs. Dhillon: RNC Candidates Weigh In On Election Integrity

With one day left before Republican committee members decide who will lead the national party into 2024 and beyond, the party’s two frontrunners, incumbent Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel and California lawyer and RNC committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, must make their case for why they are uniquely suited for the job. While many issues plague the national party, there is one item both candidates must wrestle with: election integrity.

For almost 40 years, the RNC was unable to oversee poll watcher operations or litigate elections due to a 1982 consent decree. In 1981, Democrats accused Republicans of voter intimidation in a New Jersey governor’s race. The case was settled after the GOP agreed to a court-ordered consent decree limiting Republican involvement with any poll-watching operations. Little did Republicans realize that Dickinson Debevoise, the Jimmy Carter–appointed judge behind the consent decree, would prove to be such a partisan; he never let the GOP out of the decree, and repeatedly altered and strengthened it at Democrats’ request. After Debevoise formally retired from the bench, he stayed on for 21 years in senior status, a form of semi-retirement allowing judges to keep serving in a limited capacity, and kept enforcing the decree. Only after Debevoise died did an Obama-appointed judge let the agreement expire at the end of 2018.

As a result, the Democratic National Committee had an almost four-decade advantage over the GOP. After spending a few years building out and developing poll-watching infrastructure since the consent decree was lifted, McDaniel told The Federalist the 2022 midterm was the first election cycle in which the RNC could fully operate. But in a recent op-ed for The Daily Wire, Dhillon blamed party insiders for using the consent decree as an excuse “for complete legal inaction on just about every front.” 

Some major GOP donors are putting their money behind Dhillon as they lobby for new leadership of the RNC, after McDaniel’s three consecutive terms as chair of the party.  Despite some influential support for Dhillon, McDaniel remains likely to be reelected after an endorsement letter signed by 107 of the 168 members of the RNC was circulated last month. 

Still, the incumbent chairwoman isn’t taking any chances. During an interview with The Federalist, McDaniel repeatedly praised and defended the RNC’s record in the past election cycle, while also offering next steps for the party regarding election integrity. “We had three million more Republicans turn out than Democrats,” she noted. 

Dhillon also spoke with The Federalist and talked about what has to change on the state and national level regarding the GOP’s election efforts.

Election Integrity Must Be a Year-Round Operation

Back in August 2021, after the RNC’s Committee on Election Integrity released a report on the comprehensive changes made to voting procedures in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the RNC announced a “year-round election integrity operation” would be created. This included hiring in-state election integrity directors, training poll watchers, and engaging in election-related litigation. 

But according to a letter sent to the RNC by the grassroots-organized Election Integrity Network, after the 2022 midterm elections, all state election integrity directors and field staff were terminated as of Dec. 15. While McDaniel reinstated four of the state election integrity directors after EIN officials expressed their concerns, those familiar with the matter say this is a symptom of a larger problem within the RNC: namely, that the RNC treated its election integrity division as a seasonal political operation, meaning any election integrity staff would be terminated after the election cycle was completed. 

“Going forward, the RNC’s Election Integrity staff must be exempt from the layoffs to which RNC political staff are subject after every election,” the EIN coalition wrote. 

In her Daily Wire op-ed, Dhillon wrote that the RNC’s election integrity operations were “a seasonal, vestigial effort grafted onto a political department itself staffed largely with less-experienced political operatives in the 2022 election cycle. And most of these operatives — even the handful of experienced ones – were laid off after election day, frittering whatever knowledge we had gained in this emerging field.” 

When asked about the RNC firing the in-state election integrity directors, McDaniel disagreed with Dhillon’s characterization that the RNC’s election integrity teams were treated as seasonal employees. “There is some attrition after an election and people move on. But Josh Findlay [the national election integrity director] was running our office and continued to run our office. We are keeping those election integrity directors — some of them, not all of them. There is always a little ramp down after an election, but our election integrity program has never stopped,” she said. 

As RNC chair, Dhillon said she would invest in a year-round Election Operations Department to help the party adapt to the post-2020 voting environment. 

McDaniel also said moving forward she would create a “standalone department for election integrity.” During the 2022 cycle, election integrity operations were housed between the legal and political divisions of the RNC.

“I think, to be more successful going forward, it should just be its own standalone department,” McDaniel said.

Litigate, Litigate, Litigate

The past midterm election cycle was the most litigious in RNC history. A representative for the RNC told The Federalist the GOP had engaged in 91 election-related lawsuits alone, and McDaniel repeatedly praised the RNC’s litigation efforts, citing many examples of how the national party’s legal presence impacted races across the country. “In Virginia alone, we had 500 lawyers on the ground and a war room of 30 lawyers triaging issues in real time,” she said. 

“The RNC has never done this before,” McDaniel declared. “And I put our investment and our resources to the test. But we did it. And everyone should be pleased with the results.” 

While Dhillon acknowledged the RNC’s expanded litigation efforts, she emphasized that the RNC is not doing enough and needs to be spending double what it currently does. Dhillon noted that during the past cycle, the RNC declined to file lawsuits over budget constraints.

“Democrats have really downgraded the integrity of our elections through litigation,” Dhillon told The Federalist. “We have not met or matched that at all, and we have to start playing catch-up.” 

In the past election cycle, Dhillon observed, the RNC took a mainly defensive posture. “We intervened in a portion of the lawsuits filed by the Left, both for the RNC and on behalf of state Republican parties. We filed amicus briefs in litigation initiated by others. What we did not do is initiate much of our own litigation, put the Left on its heels, or leave any lasting marks on our opponents,” she wrote in The Daily Wire.

Because of the consent decree, Dhillon added, there is a critical shortage of GOP election lawyers, so the RNC must focus its resources on finding, funding, and training them so as to be competitive with their Democratic counterparts.

As RNC chair, Dhillon would allocate more resources to funding litigation — particularly offensive litigation. 

“We need to be filing lawsuits in blue states, and in red states where Democrats have successfully bastardized our election laws,” Dhillon said. “Right now, if I were RNC chair, I’d be working with the Arizona GOP to recall the Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County for violating the civil rights of hundreds of thousands of voters in their state by failing to properly test vote center equipment and train election workers.”

Building a Lasting Election Integrity Infrastructure

Building a year-round election integrity operation will take more than just doubling down on litigation efforts, however. 

Dhillon told The Federalist the RNC must invest significant resources in beating the Democrats on early voting. Now that Election Day has turned into ‘election week’ or ‘election month,’ Republicans must invest in personnel to chase early votes and cure ballots in states that allow for early voting. 

“In California, we’ve mastered it,” Dhillon said. “In targeted congressional races where every vote is going to matter, we go and chase those ballots and get signatures fixed with paid and volunteer staff doing it. That’s done with really no training input from the RNC and frankly, the RNC has shied away from talking about these issues because a lot of our Republican activists are opposed to early or mail voting in any form.”

As RNC chair, Dhillon said she would also bring that model to the rest of the country. “With a relatively small investment in the relevant states, we can initiate and track Republican vote-by-mail applications, outgoing ballots, and returns,” Dhillon wrote. “We can train volunteers in ballot harvesting to do it transparently and ethically wherever it’s legal.”

When asked about the RNC’s ground game, McDaniel said the RNC must focus on engaging communities that have historically voted Democrat. In the last election cycle, the RNC made inroads with black, Hispanic, and Native American voters through its establishment of 38 community centers across the country, according to a representative of the RNC. 

“The first office we opened was in Michelle Steel’s district in Little Saigon in California — one of the most diverse districts in the country, and a D+7 district,” McDaniel said. “And that engagement with the Vietnamese community sustained for over a year was a difference maker, and you can talk to Michelle about it. These are the types of things the RNC must be doing long term.” 

Cleta Mitchell, a senior legal fellow at the Conservative Partnership Institute and founder of the Election Integrity Network, told The Federalist that winning elections isn’t just about how you collect votes.

“It’s about matching what the left has done in terms of building an infrastructure,” Mitchell said, mentioning, among other things, Democrats’ well-funded programs to register thousands of college students to vote every year.

“There’s just a complete cultural difference,” Mitchell said. “And nowhere is this more evident than the RNC putting its election integrity unit within the political division and then firing everybody six weeks after the election as though they were seasonal campaign operatives.”

What’s Next

It is ultimately up to the 168 national committee members to decide who they want as chair. While both candidates are strong leaders, they both acknowledge much has to be done on the election integrity front, including recruiting poll watchers and workers, dealing with ballot harvesting and turnout operations, as well as litigating election cases. 

Regardless of who wins on Friday, both candidates agree the culture of the Republican Party must shift to focusing on the entire election process, whether it is passing strong legislation, cleaning state voter rolls, embracing (or rejecting) new technology, or investigating error-ridden voting systems. The GOP is likely to go on offense and take an aggressive approach to litigating the country’s election processes, just like their Democratic counterparts. Now it’s up to the Republican committee members to decide who will be leading the charge on election integrity in the next presidential election.

Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.


Pro-Life Americans: ‘The Fight’s Not Over,’ GOP ‘Definitely Not’ Doing Enough to Promote Life

Pro-Life Americans: ‘The Fight’s Not Over,’ GOP ‘Definitely Not’ Doing Enough to Promote Life

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — As thousands of pro-life Americans gathered in the nation’s capital Friday to celebrate and promote life, many attendees told Breitbart News the Republican Party should be a stronger pro-life advocate.

Many politicos in the Republican Party have blamed the overturn of Roe v. Wade for the GOP’s underwhelming performance in the 2022 midterms, but pro-life Americans have a different perspective: the Republican Party is not doing enough to promote life.

The Republican Party is “definitely not” doing enough to advocate for the unborn, March for Life attendee Skylar Culbertson told Breitbart News.

“We’re seeing so many lawmakers compromise on the issue, and really, this is the greatest human rights issue of all time,” the College of William and Mary student continued. “I think there is so much more that can be done. … This needs to be put at the forefront of everything, in every law.”

Charleston, South Carolina, resident Steve Coffin and his wife, Paula, said the party “could be doing a lot better,” adding that “they could do so much more” like help fund and protect pregnancy centers and message to young women in particular that pregnancy is not insurmountable and abortion is not their only option, like Democrats and other pro-abortion advocates would have them believe.

“I definitely think they could do more,” college student Cassidy told Breitbart News. “Being from Michigan, I was really upset about Proposal 3 that passed. … I don’t think there’s enough going on right now because of the fact that that passed.”

Cassidy described a certain level of malaise among Republican voters, who might view the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision as enough of a win.

“You would think Republicans feel obligated to vote for that [Proposal 3], and I just think that there’s a lot of Republicans who aren’t voting because they feel really defeated, or they feel like there’s no point because it’s just one vote and it doesn’t matter and the Democrats are going to overtake it anyway, and that’s just simply not true,” she said.

While many said the GOP was not doing enough, they did say the party should be praised for the work it has been able to do — particularly through the presidency of Donald Trump and his appointment of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, changing the makeup of the nation’s highest court.

“Donald Trump’s most impactful legacy will be the three Supreme Court justices that he appointed,” Stephen from Newport Beach, California, said. “That’s obviously due to the hard work of the Republican Party.”

“There’s a lot more that we could be doing, but I am really happy with the support that Trump had within the the past four years,” Cassidy said. “He was here, he was the first president at this rally, and I really supported that and I thought that that was amazing.”

“There’s always more that can be done,” Stephen continued. “So, it’s difficult because, on one hand, you can criticize, and then next you can praise. So, I think it’s just day-by-day understanding that, ‘Hey, we did great things.’ When Dobbs was handed down, I celebrated. I took that day to celebrate, and then the next day I said, ‘Alright, back to work’ because the fight’s not over, the fight’s just begun.”

The fight having just begun was one of the major sentiments felt by attendees of the March for Life. As Breitbart News reported, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) told those at the rally the Dobbs decision only marked the “end of the first phase of this battle,” saying that the next phase is only just beginning.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), an outspoken Republican on the life issue, assured pro-life Americans that the House leadership is “all solidly pro-life” during his speech at the rally.

However, the issue of abortion and Dobbs has been widely debated among Republicans and conservatives, with some arguing the issue saw the demise of the much-anticipated “red wave” in November, while others argue that it was the Republican Party’s fear of addressing the issue that contributed to the underwhelming performance.

The issue has colored part of the race for Republican National Committee (RNC) chair, the election for which will be held Wednesday.

Incumbent chair Ronna McDaniel is defending her seat against a challenge from attorney and Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon.

While McDaniel holds the position that the RNC does not message on issues but rather is in charge of infrastructure, door-knocking, and get-out-the-vote efforts, Dhillon told Breitbart News that not messaging on the life issue is “bizarre.”

McDaniel blames the lack of messaging on the “consultant class” that staff individual campaigns, but she also told Republicans not to focus on abortion during the election, but rather economic issues.

“Voters care about a lot more than abortion,” she told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade. “Right now, most voters aren’t waking up thinking about abortion, they’re waking up thinking about, ‘How am I going to pay for groceries?’”

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.


Nikki Haley on 2024: I Can Be the New Leader America Needs

Nikki Haley on 2024: I Can Be the New Leader America Needs

Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, said Thursday on FNC’s “Special Report” that she believes she could be the new leader America needs when asked about a potential 2024 presidential run.

Anchor Bret Baier asked, “When do you make a decision if you are going to run for president?”

Haley said, “Well, I’m not going to make an announcement here, but when you’re looking at a run for president, you look at two things. You first look at ‘does the current situation push for new leadership?’ The second question is, ‘am I that person that could be that new leader?’ Yes, we need to go in a new direction. And can I be that leader? Yes, I think I can be that leader. I was — as governor, I took on a hurting state with double-digit unemployment, and we made it the beast of the southeast. As ambassador, I took on the world when they tried to disrespect us, and I think I showed what I’m capable of at the United Nations. So, do I think I could be that leader? Yes, but we are still working through things, and we’ll figure it out. I’ve never lost a race. I said that then, I still say that now. I’m not going to lose now, but stay tuned.”

Baier said, “It sounds like you’re close. It sounds. Are we getting to the exploratory committee stage here?”

Haley replied, “I think. Stay tuned.”

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