George Will warns ‘grotesque’ is becoming normal for GOP

George Will warns ‘grotesque’ is becoming normal for GOP
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Conservative columnist George Will warned Friday that "grotesque" is becoming the new normal for the Republican Party.

In a column for The Washington Post, Will rips advertisements on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) that attack Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksLatino groups intervene in Alabama census lawsuit Alabama GOP congressman preps possible Senate bid against Doug Jones Loyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party MORE (R-Ala.), who is also seeking the Alabama Senate seat.

Strange was appointed in February to serve the remainder of former Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE' (R) term after Sessions was named President Trump's attorney general. The ads attacking Brooks were financed by a political action committee (PAC) aligned with Senate GOP leadership.

In advertisements, the PAC has attacked Brooks for comments he made while serving as chairman for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE's (R-Texas) presidential campaign in the state, such as his statements criticizing Trump's "serial adultery."


Another ad, according to Will, "suggest[s] that Brooks supports the Islamic State," as it criticizes Brooks' stance against military intervention in Libya and Syria and his "support for Congress replacing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force with an updated one."

Will also criticizes Strange for ignoring his other main competitor, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been twice removed from the state's highest court.

"Twice Moore has been removed as chief justice of the state Supreme Court. In 2003, removal was for defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding religious displays in government buildings. Reelected, he was suspended last year for defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriages," Will wrote.

"Yet Brooks is the focus of ferocious attacks on behalf of Strange, who ignores Moore."

Senate GOP leaders like Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ky.) are "shredding the remnants of its dignity" by financing such ads, Will argued.

"Is this Northern Gothic?" Will asked. "No, it is Republican Gothic, the grotesque becoming normal in a national party whose dishonest and, one hopes, futile assault on Brooks is shredding the remnants of its dignity."