Trump’s Own Campaign Strategy Being Used Against Him in Pennsylvania

Trump's Own Campaign Strategy Being Used Against Him in Pennsylvania

Former President Donald Trump has long attacked his GOP opponents by calling them RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only, but now Republicans are using the same tactic to target Trump’s Senate pick in Pennsylvania. A group of local Republican leaders in Pennsylvania has signed a letter urging voters not to cast their ballot for Dr. Mehmet Oz, who Trump endorsed in the primaries last month. “No more RINOS!” the letter reads. Trump has frequently used the term to describe his critics within the Republican Party, including those who refused to challenge the results of the 2020 election and Congress members who voted to impeach him in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot. Former President Donald Trump is known for calling his Republican critics “RINOs.” Here, Trump arrives during a rally at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on April 23, 2022 in Delaware, Ohio. Drew Angerer/Getty The term “RINO” has historically been used by conservative Republicans who believe a member of their party is not loyal enough to the party’s ideology. It emerged shortly after Democrat Bill Clinton won the presidency after 12 years of Republican rule. But since beginning his political career, Trump has almost exclusively used the term to hit those disloyal to him. “In previous decades, a Republican risked getting tagged as a RINO for supporting tax increases, gun control or abortion rights,” Politico’s national political correspondent David Siders wrote. “Today, in a reflection of the GOP’s murkier ideological grounding in the Trump era, it’s a […]

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