Republican Lawmaker Political commentator and Never Trump Republican, Tim Miller, slammed GOP lawmaker, Jim Jordan’s recent rally in New York City as “made-for-TV culture war low-calorie nonsense” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” on Monday.
Jordan, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, made his way to Manhattan to criticize newly-elected Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who had previously charged Trump in the Stormy Daniels hush-money payment case.
During his appearance on MSNBC, Miller took aim at Jordan’s rally, stating that if Jordan was truly fighting for victims of crime, he would be proposing actual reforms, such as police or criminal justice reforms, to make the streets safer. However, Miller argued that Jordan’s rally was nothing more than a performative show meant to attack Bragg.
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Miller went on to criticize the Trump era and the Republican party for being more concerned with performing for their base than actually doing the hard work of governing. According to Miller, the party has become more interested in being a middle finger to the left than actually accomplishing anything meaningful.
“They want people to be this supposedly big middle finger to the left, but they aren’t actually doing anything,” Miller stated. “He’s not doing any of the hard things. It’s just all this, ‘Oh, I can do a good tweet or a good. Have a good hearing performance that makes fun of somebody that my people hate.’ And that is fighting I guess, in this sort of distorted worldview, and that is the whole party now. He’s had success within the party because he represents that.”
Jordan’s rally, held outside of the Manhattan DA’s office, attracted a crowd of supporters who cheered as Jordan criticized Bragg’s progressive policies, including his decision to no longer prosecute some low-level offenses and to end cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.
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“Just this morning, we saw yet another example of the left’s insanity when the new DA here in Manhattan said he will no longer prosecute resisting arrest,” Jordan told the crowd. “Think about that. It’s just crazy.”
Jordan went on to criticize Bragg for being soft on crime and for putting criminals ahead of victims. He also criticized Bragg’s decision to investigate allegations of police misconduct and to review past cases for possible wrongful convictions.
“He’s more interested in reviewing convictions of the past and taking a look at whether police officers did the right thing or not,” Jordan said. “That’s not going to make our communities safer. That’s not going to make our families safer.”
While Jordan’s rally may have energized his base, Miller argued that it was ultimately a pointless exercise in political theater that did nothing to address the real issues facing the people of Manhattan.
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“This is just a big show, a performative show, to performatively fight Alvin Bragg,” Miller said. “That is what the whole Trump era has been. That’s what the party has been.”
Miller went on to argue that Republicans needed to start focusing on actual governing and policy solutions if they wanted to be taken seriously by the American people.
“If Republicans want to be a governing party, they have to actually have policies that they can get passed and make a difference in people’s lives,” Miller said. “And if they want to do that, they have to start being serious about governance and start actually doing the hard things.”
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