The New York Post published a story on Monday that said “the Republican Party is a cult of personality,” and that “Republican leaders are convinced that the American people will not elect them president.”
The article goes on to say that “this belief is so strong that they have developed a ‘stigma-reduction strategy’ for voters.
This includes targeting voters who are more conservative than their party and using tactics like name calling and intimidation to try to ‘destroy’ them.”
The paper said the Republican Party has “developed a culture of ‘bias,'” which is “built into its very DNA.”
The piece says that Republicans believe “they can use the political system to keep a certain level of public trust in government and to maintain a level of loyalty and support among their own members.”
The post said that a recent survey showed that only 17 percent of Republicans surveyed have a positive view of the federal government, while 50 percent have a negative view.
The Post also said that the majority of Americans “are frustrated with the Republican-led government, but also believe that it has the ability to fix its problems.”
The Post also wrote that “the majority of Republicans believe they are a better fit for the job than the president.”
The paper said that Republicans “believe that Republicans are better equipped to lead the country, that they are the most capable of carrying out the president’s agenda, and that they can lead the nation’s wars.”
The report comes as the Senate considers legislation to rein in spending for the 2018 fiscal year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord attorneys slam FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation for not interviewing Ford, witnesses McConnell sets key Kavanaugh vote for Friday Rand Paul’s wife pens letter to Booker following protests MORE (R-Ky.) announced on Sunday that the Senate would hold a “vote-a-rama” on the “GOP Budget,” which would allow the chamber to pass a budget resolution that includes a cut to federal spending.
Republicans have previously threatened to defund the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which is responsible for care for the wounded veterans who died in recent years.
McConnell has said that he will not use a budget vote to defund VA.
McClatchy’s article quoted a GOP aide who said that GOP leadership “believes they can continue to get away with it because it’s not politically possible.”
The aide said that McConnell will be able to use the budget resolution to pass spending bills through the House and Senate “without the threat of a filibuster.”
A spokesperson for McConnell declined to comment to McClatchy on the article.