Trump bringing back RINO attacks against Republicans
JIMMIE JOHNSON: WHAT IS A RINO? NOT THAT KIND. THIS KIND. REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY. THE PHRASE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY. AND, IT’S MAKING A RETURN THANKS TO A NEW WAVE OF REPUBLICANS. LET ME EXPLAIN.
A RINO ACCORDING TO POLITICAL DICTIONARY IS A DISPARAGING TERM THAT REFERS TO A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WHOSE POLITICAL VIEWS ARE SEEN AS INSUFFICIENTLY CONFORMING TO THE PARTY LINE.”
BUT THE MEANING AND USAGE HAVE CHANGED OVER TIME.
POLITICAL AD: “This is a RINO. Having mastered the art of deception, the RINO lures his prey by disguising his true nature.”
JIMMIE: FROM POLITICAL ADS TO CAMPAIGN-STYLE RALLIES THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF RINO SLINGING IN THE G-O-P.
TRUMP: “He’s a grandstanding RINO.”
FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE, ATTORNEY DOUGLAS LIPSKY HAS BEEN A DIE-HARD REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGNING FOR EVERY ONE OF HIS PARTY’S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES FROM FORMER SENATOR BOB DOLE TO SENATOR MITT ROMNEY.
BUT THE POLITICAL PARTY LIPSKY GREW TO KNOW, AND LOVE IS CHANGING, LEADING HIM TO ASK, WHO ARE THE RINO’S AND WHO ARE THE REAL REPUBLICANS.
LIPSKY: “The people that are tossing around this term are those that are really just like, hijacking the party, those that are totally detached from what actually it means to be Republican.”
JIMMIE: ONE OF THEM, ACCORDING TO LIPSKY, IS FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.
IN THE PAST YEAR, TRUMP SENT MULTIPLE TWEETS CALLING REPUBLICANS RINOS – INCLUDING CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WHO RECOGNIZED JOE BIDEN AS THE WINNER OF THE 2020 ELECTION AND THOSE WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH HIM.
MAKING THE TERM NOW MEAN THOSE WHO LACK LOYALTY.
LIPSKY: “Those that are now being called RINOS are the traditional Republicans that we were familiar with seeing 10-15 years ago.”
JIMMIE: BUT THE TERM RINO DIDN’T START OUT THAT WAY.
ONE OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED USES OF THE TERM DATES BACK TO 1865 IN THIS PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER.
DECADES LATER, IT BECAME POPULARIZED DURING TEDDY ROOSEVELT’S FIGHT TO CONTROL THE PARTY.
AT THE TIME, THE LOS ANGELES HERALD WROTE, “MR. ROOSEVELT, ACCORDING TO REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE FOUND FAULT WITH HIS UTTERANCES, IS A REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY”.
FAST FORWARD TO THE 19-90’S WHEN BUTTONS WITH A RED SLASH THROUGH THE PICTURE OF A RHINO DONNED THE LAPELS OF POLITICAL CANDIDATES.
THEN DURING THE 20-10 MIDTERM ELECTION, THE TEA PARTY USED THE PHRASE RINO TO DISPARAGE PRIMARY INCUMBENTS WHO THEY CLAIM WERE NOT CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH.
THAT SAME STRATEGY IS SEEMINGLY PLAYING OUT WITH A NEW CLASS OF RINOS.
LIPSKY: “I would like to vote Republican once again. But these current leaders aren’t exactly welcoming us back — I’m a RINO to them.”
JIMMIE: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON REPUBLICANS USE OF THE TERM RINO?
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