Dallas Morning News: Cornyn ‘betrays’ GOP by backing Roy Moore
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The Dallas Morning News editorial board said Thursday that Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTop Senate Intel Dem: Trump compiling a 'Nixonian enemies list' It’s possible to protect national security without jeopardizing the economy Archivist rejects Democrats' demand for Kavanaugh documents MORE (R-Texas) "betrays" the GOP by backing controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, calling the decision a "new low." 

"Sen. John Cornyn’s endorsement this week of Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate from Alabama is a new low not just for the former jurist and ex-Texas attorney general, but for the party he claims to love," the paper wrote.

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The Dallas paper slammed Cornyn for what they said was a hypocritical endorsement of the candidate. In his endorsement, Cornyn said Moore would be "a tireless advocate led by principle rather than politics," despite the fact that the senator had previously criticized Moore for having twice been removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

"We had hoped, as many have, that Cornyn would stand against the tide of populist, nativist and exclusionary politics that have come to dominate the Republican Party in Texas and elsewhere. That hope has now been all but extinguished," the editorial board said. 

Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O’Rourke: Term limits can help keep politicians from turning into a--holes Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Former spokeswoman defends Trump calling Omarosa ‘dog’: He’s called men dogs MORE (Texas) also came under fire from the newspaper, which claimed he fell short of his self-stated dedication to the Constitution by endorsing Moore. However, the paper acknowledged that Cruz has "built his career on putting himself at the front of a movement that seeks to destroy what used to be the mainstream wing of the Republican Party," the paper said. 

The Dallas Morning News accused Cornyn, long aligned with the establishment wing of the party, of bowing to pressure from Stephen Bannon in the decision to support an outsider candidate. Bannon is the former White House chief strategist and has vowed to support challengers to establishment GOP figures who don't align with President Trump's agenda. 

While Moore has won endorsements from other influential GOP senators such as Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy Rand Paul takes victory lap after Brennan's security clearance revoked Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work Ex-Virginia GOP Senate candidate shares offensive voicemail allegedly left by Charlottesville rally organizer Facebook cracks down on 3D guns MORE (Utah), several conservatives in the party have also taken stances against Moore in the race for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court nomination reignites abortion fight in states | Trump urges Sessions to sue opioid makers | FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen Connect Beltway to America to get federal criminal justice reform done Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE's vacant Senate seat.

Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeVoters will punish Congress for ignoring duty on war and peace GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer GOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SassePollster: Attitudes toward Trump's farm aid are 'highly wrapped up' in feelings toward president Poll: Majority of Americans support Trump's plan to offer aid to farmers hit by tariffs Hillicon Valley: 'QAnon' conspiracy theory jumps to primetime | Senate Intel broadens look into social media manipulation | Senate rejects push for more election security funds | Reddit reveals hack MORE (R-Neb.) have both criticized Moore, pointing to his controversial stance against Muslims serving in Congress.

"What will remain of a Republican Party whose leaders are so desperate to preserve its power that they cozy up to a Senate candidate like Moore?" the Dallas Morning News said in the editorial. "Cornyn may find that soon enough the party he seeks to preserve will no longer be one he recognizes."