Two GOP officials have called on Republican voters to cast their ballots Democrat in the midterm 2022 elections and suggested that this could be a strategy to allow Republicans to use the GOP to “battle extreme Trump supporters.”
Miles Taylor, a Trump-era Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, as well as Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor. in New Jersey, penned an editorial on behalf of the New Jersey governor in The New York Times on Monday. Taylor is an official from the Trump Administration official that, under the pen name “Anonymous”, wrote an opinion piece on The Times describing a “resistance” of Trump administration officials who are trying to block Trump’s “worst attitudes.”
Alongside each other, Taylor and Whitman asked for the base of the GOP to be encouraged to support Democrats in order that “conservative pragmatics” could take over the party.
“Rational Republicans are losing the civil war within the party. The only real option to fight Trump’s extremes is for us all to unite on crucial races and broad political goals with our longest-running political adversaries that is those who are Democrats,” Taylor and Whitman wrote.
“It’s an approach that’s proved successful,” they wrote. “Mr. Trump lost re-election mostly because Republicans across the country resigned to the left, with seven percent of voters who supported him in 2016 switching to back Joe Biden, a margin sufficient to have made an impact in the key areas of swing.”
They argued that this change is needed due to the fact that they believe that the Republican management has “turned faith of conspiracy theories as well as falsehoods regarding stolen election results into a litmus test to determine the membership of the party and for the possibility of running for election.” Taylor and Whitman added that if Trump-backed politicians continued to be successful in winning Republican primary elections, they and their allies could form an entirely new center-right political party.
“The most effective option for the remaining rational elements in the Republican Party is for us to join forces with Democrats to protect American institutions beat far-right-leaning candidates and elect reputable representatives in the coming year, including the support of a large group that is moderate Democrats,” Taylor and Whitman wrote.
Their proposed strategy is to involve GOP supporters of Democrats on “difficult races” such as Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin as well as Arizona Senator. Mark Kelly. They also argued for the defense of an “small group of brave Republicans” such as Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Peter Meijer.