Trump-focused Republican criticizes Democrats for subsidizing his challenger

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Peter Meijer, a Republican from Michigan who was targeted by Donald Trump for voting to impeach the former president in 2021, accused Democrats on Monday of subsidizing his “entire campaign” Trump-backed challenger in Tuesday’s primaries.

Meijer, who has been censored by two Republican parties in the county for opposing Trump and rejected by a third, is engaged in an exciting re-election race against John Gibbs, a far-right Republican and former Trump administration official who won the election of the Democratic presidential election. Joe Biden in 2020 is questioning. victory.

“You would think Democrats would look to John Gibbs and see the embodiment of what they say they fear most,” Meijer wrote in an opinion article published Monday in the online newsletter Common Sense. “They’re funding Gibbs instead.”

Democrats are promoting Gibbs and other far-right candidates in hopes of boosting their chances in November’s midterm elections, when Republicans are widely favored to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Nationally, Democrats have spent millions on candidates repeating Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, even as party leaders say those same candidates pose a threat to American democracy. They have taken similar steps in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois.

Meijer accused the Democrats of selling “any principled pretense for political expediency—while denouncing the demise of democracy and rationalizing the use of their hard-earned dollars to support the alleged object of their fears.”

He cited two Democratic House committee members investigating the Jan. 6 attack — Jamie Raskin and Elaine Luria — for their support of the campaign against him. Raskin and Luria did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Meijer, one of only 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Democrats launched a $435,000 ad buy to promote Gibbs in the closing days of the United States. the primary campaign in Michigan.

That amount surpasses the $345,000 in contributions Gibbs’ campaign has received since last November, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

“The Democrats aren’t just trying to boost a candidate across the finish line: they’re subsidizing his entire campaign,” Meijer wrote.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of the House Democrats that produced and funded the Gibbs ad, was not immediately available for comment.

Meijer is not alone in his criticism of the democratic strategy.

“This decision by the DCCC to try to sink @RepMeijer – one of the few Rs who voted for impeachment – ​​and eliminate its election-denying MAGA opponent in tomorrow’s @GOP primaries makes them a tool of the revenge from Trump. It’s wrong,” David Axelrod, a former adviser to former Democratic President Barack Obama, tweeted.

(Reporting by David Morgan, additional reporting by James Oliphant; editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell)

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