The Arizona Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain.
The Republican governor drew the rebuke for heavy-handed pandemic restrictions, and McCain and Flake, frequent critics of former President Donald Trump, endorsed the Democratic nominee, now President Joe Biden, in the 2020 election.
The actions taken by the state party are being spun in the media as loyalty to Trump, who has been largely dehumanized by this same cabal, which suggests supporting the then-incumbent Republican president was a bridge too far — “county over party” is the prescribed narrative.
Fox News reported that the censures “show the party’s foot soldiers are focused on enforcing loyalty to Trump, even in the wake of an election that saw Arizona inch away from its staunchly Republican roots.”
Ariz. GOP censures Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey; narrowly reelects Kelli Ward https://t.co/15bJuADJWq
— azcentral politics (@azcpolitics) January 24, 2021
McCain is getting lots of credit for Biden winning Arizona in the 2020 election — the state has voted Republican in presidential elections since 1952, with the exception of Bill Clinton in 1996. Biden won by less than 11,000 votes, and Democrats won in the senate. The victory by Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., gave the party both Senate seats.
She tweeted back in September that Biden is the only candidate in the race who will “stand up” for American values, and a video of Mrs. McCain commenting on her late husband’s friendship with the Democrat was played during the Democratic National Convention in August.
The Arizona GOP took action because McCain crossed party lines to endorse Biden, and “supported globalist policies and candidates” and “condemned President Trump for his criticism of her husband and erroneously placed behaviors over actual presidential results,” AZCentral.com reported.
But it’s difficult to shame the shameless, when they wear self righteousness like a badge.
“It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well…and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP. I’ll wear this as a badge of honor,” McCain tweeted.
It is a high honor to be included in a group of Arizonans who have served our state and our nation so well…and who, like my late husband John, have been censured by the AZGOP. I’ll wear this as a badge of honor.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) January 24, 2021
In 2014, the Arizona GOP censured her late husband for a liberal record deemed to be “disastrous and harmful” to the state and nation.
As for Flake, who is rabidly anti-Trump, rank and file Republicans gave up on him as a hopeless “RINO” long before he retired from the Senate.
The state party said Flake “condemned the Republican Party, rejected populism, and rejected the interests of the American people over globalist interests.”
Flake even cut a political ad for Biden.
“I’ve never before voted for a Democrat for president,” he said in the ad. “But this year, principle and conscience require me to do just that. I’m voting for Joe Biden.”
He too took pride in being censured by the Arizona GOP, taking to Twitter to share a photo that speaks volumes — the image is of the three censored Republicans posing at Biden’s inauguration.
Good company pic.twitter.com/1pdgVGE5Ps
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 24, 2021
But Orange Man Bad, so the two Republicans who betrayed their party are celebrated in the media.
In another tweet, he added: “If condoning President Trump’s behavior is required to stay in the AZGOP’s good graces, I’m just fine being on the outs.”
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