Kelli Ward just ruined her own campaign
As the Republican primary for the United States Senate Election in Arizona approaches its conclusion on Tuesday, the candidates are employing similar tactics that Donald Trump used in the 2016 general election, which is to make grotesque statements to get free airtime on the media.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a notorious racist and ardent Trump supporter (who would be in prison instead of running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late John McCain, if President Trump hadn’t pardoned him after his conviction of denying the civil rights of Latino citizens as Sheriff) is notorious for this. He had previously revealed his intentions to renew the racist “birtherism” conspiracy theory (which, ridiculously, holds that former President Obama was born in Kenya, and his birth certificate was created as part of a plan which predicted his future presidency) back in late-March 2018.
But Arpaio is not alone in his efforts to pander to the hateful aspects of the GOP base. His opponent, Kelli Ward, who had previously run against (and been soundly defeated by) the late incumbent John McCain in the 2016 senate elections, has now left her scathing mark on the world by making a harsh accusation at her former political opponent: that he deliberately tried to sabotage her campaign… by dying.
On a now deleted Facebook post made by one of her staffers on Saturday, Ward commented that the announcement that McCain would be ending treatment for his brain cancer was made with the intentions of hurting her bid for the senate, saying that “I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me.”
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?@kelliwardaz staffer: I wonder if John McCain’s trying to steal attention from Ward’s bus tour by announcing his life is coming to an end.
Ward: Yup, it’s all about me. #AZSEN pic.twitter.com/AXKAOhKYkU
— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) August 25, 2018
The comment is bad enough on its own, but it’s made worse by the fact that Ward tried to spin the situation so that she was the victim by writing a post on her own Facebook page:
Ward’s provocative comments should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the primary as the truth is she is losing. In a piece published in The Arizona Republic, reporters Ronald J. Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez noted that Ward had “struggled to regain her footing” after failing to retrieve the backing of high donors and faltering on issues like gun control. Arpaio and his campaign even claimed in mid-May 2018 that Ward had tried to convince him to drop out of the race.
Attacking john McCain personally is a cold move, but it does give Ward and her campaign some desperately needed attention as the race enters its final stretch.
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