Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) appeared on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd over the weekend. The topic of the state of the Democratic Party came up. And Sullivan made some eyebrow-raising comments.
Chuck Todd asked him about comments made by President Trump recently warning that Democrats may turn violent if they win the midterms.
“This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment,” Trump said.
Trump also said there was an “unbelievable” amount of hatred “for you and for me and for my family.” He said if Republicans lose then the left “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently.”
“There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people,” he added.
Predictably, the media and the Democrats have been up in arms over these comments. So when asked to address them Sullivan defended the left saying, “I don’t know. I have not seen that quote and I don’t think, you know, Democrats are violent people. I haven’t seen that quote. What I think is important for the president, other Republicans to talk about, I know you are going to talk on the panel, this fall is what we have accomplished, right? One thing that is very important for the American people, in addition to rebuilding the military is growing the economy. We are hitting an economy that is the strongest we have seen in decades, consumer optimism up very high, 4.2% gdp growth because of policies. Policies of less government, more freedom, tax reform and regulatory reform. On the Democratic side, we are seeing leaders elected in primaries who have a different view of the economy, more focused on the idea of socialism. Let’s have that debate in the fall. That’s an important debate to have on the decision of growing the economy. I think the vision is working and is strong.”
Dan Sullivan and similar republicans are making a big mistake by not addressing ANTIFA directly. American voters are appalled by violence. And Democrats are tying themselves to ANTIFA in more ways than one. By refusing to call them out on it Republicans are missing a big opportunity.