This past Sunday, Democrats found themselves in the crosshairs of Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) who went off on them for “meddling” in his primary election, which he failed to secure this past week.
While speaking on a segment of “Face The Nation” from CBS, Meijer, who is just one of the ten Republicans who chose to vote in favor of the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, heavily criticized the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for dropping a whopping $325,000 in order to signal boost John Gibbs, his Trump-endorsed primary opponent.
Meijer claimed that the strategy from the Democrats “highlights the cynicism and hypocrisy” of current politics and stated that using that kind of tactic could end up backfiring in November.
“I lost my primary, and that is on me. I take responsibility for that,” Meijer stated. “But it’s important to note that it wasn’t just former President Trump who was in this race. There was about a half million dollars that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in their first expenditures of the 2022 midterms, dumped in to help boost him. So we had a scenario where not only did I have the former president aligned against me, but in a rare showing of bipartisan unity, Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic campaign committee also united to try to knock me off the ballot. Now, this just highlights the cynicism and hypocrisy of our politics today.”
“I should note that this ad … was not playing on MSNBC,” Meijer went on. “It was not playing in places where Democratic voters might see it. It was targeted in places to try to sway and convince Republican primary voters to try to give my primary challenger a boost up and over.”
However, Meijer attempted to try and downplay the entire idea that assisting Gibbs in winning the primary would end up making the general election easier for the Democrats.
“While I think there is certainly a cynical calculus at play with the Democrats’ meddling, this is a risky strategy. It’s a dangerous strategy,” he stated.
“Where President Biden is in his approval is so in the gutter … it is easy to see that strategy backfiring in a spectacular way, which is all the more reason why we should not be embracing the zero-sum idea of politics. We should not be embracing this notion that if we can keep a problem alive, keep it festering, but be able to gain a marginal advantage in the process, that that somehow equates to a victory.”