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This week on The Brief: GOP's intraparty fighting; bullying the media is a losing election strategy

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16.06.2021

On this week’s episode of The Brief, we explore why Republicans continue to rally around voter suppression laws and coddle the rabidly pro-Trump among them and try to jump-start new battles in the supposed culture war. Joining hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld, this episode featured guest Eric Boehlert, founder and editor of Press Run and former senior writer at Media Matters for America. Boehlert, an expert on political press and media coverage, shared his thoughts on the shifting role of the media in the post-Trump era.

After spending the last few years alternately ignoring and defending Trump’s latest outrageous tweets, Republicans seem to be having a bit of trouble course-correcting. Now, as they attempt to steer the conversation back toward policy, they are hardly able to rally their base around core ideological principles that just 10 years ago would have united the party—such as addressing the budget deficit and investing in infrastructure. Eleveld described this steady stream of misinformation as a “junk food” diet that the GOP is now unable to wean their base off of.

Eleveld cited Georgia as an example, noting the internal strife the state’s GOP is currently facing:

The best state to exemplify [this divide in the GOP] is Georgia … Trump himself still has a huge axe to grind with Brian Kemp. What is interesting is the level of animosity here. This isn’t normal intraparty wrangling over the direction of the party—it feels much more existential. It’s Brian Kemp going to the state........

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