"Never Trump" Republicans secretly working to boost Biden campaign

by Adam Ford · Feb 11th, 2020 11:28 am

Last Updated Feb 11th, 2020 at 2:53 pm

A group of "Never Trump" Republicans linked to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich have secretly worked to boost Joe Biden's campaign because they think he's the only Democratic candidate who can beat President Trump in the general election, according to the New York Post, which obtained emails between the conspirators.

The Post reports:

Emails obtained by The Post show that two top staffers from Kasich's failed, 2016 primary campaign and Ohio's former GOP chairman, a Kasich ally, were among those involved in efforts to boost support for the former vice president in last week's botched Iowa caucus and Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. . . .

Documents attached to one email show the group planned to identify and target at least 5,000 Democrats "from the conservative voter base" in each of Iowa's four congressional districts, then use that information in "suppression, persuasion and GOTV [get out the vote] efforts." . . .

In New Hampshire, documents show, the group planned to use automated "IVR technology," or interactive voice response polling, to identify Republicans and "previously identified" Republicans willing to cross party lines and vote for Biden in the primary.

A GOP source familiar with the events said, "They think Biden is the only candidate who can beat Trump at the general election."

"They're not rational people," a senior GOP source said about the Never Trumpers. "They want revenge. Trump beat them and they want revenge."


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