GOP Strategist: Trump's an 'Anchor Around Your Neck'

And the president's attorney Jay Sekulow defends his "witch hunt" tweet
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2018 2:00 PM CDT
In this file photo, Republican strategist Mike Murphy speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

(Newser) – A Republican strategist had harsh words Sunday for GOP candidates who take their pro-Trump primary message into this year's general elections, the Hill reports. "Now you come out ... from the 'Trump church' in the Republican primary with a big Trump halo," says Mike Murphy on NBC's Meet the Press. "But in the general election, Democrats all hate Trump and among Independents he's mostly upside-down. So what is your magic light sword in the primary becomes an anchor around your neck in the general." Murphy laments that such "all Trump all the time" candidates are commonplace: "It's like the Stalin trials now. If you wore the collectivist tie, you're out of order. It's the new reality of the Republican primary." For more around the dial:

  • The lies: "This has never happened before," says ex-White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, a veteran of Bill Clinton's administration, on CNN's Reliable Sources, per the Hill. "We've had great presidents, we've had terrible presidents, Republicans and Democrats, but we've never had anything like this—where we have a president who is incapable of telling the truth."
  • The narcissism: "Our message is rescue America—and we will rescue America—from the grasp of an unhinged narcissist who is creating ... chaos," says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, on ABC's This Week, per USA Today.

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