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 CornynSenate confirms Garland's successor to appeals court Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Rising crime rejuvenates gun control debate on campaign trail 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 CruzBiden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot 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 PaulFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message Fox host claims Fauci lied to Congress, calls for prosecution MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Matt Stoller says cheerleading industry shows why antitrust laws are 'insufficient' Senate chaos: Johnson delays exit as votes pushed to Friday MORE (Utah), several conservatives in the party have also taken stances against Moore in the race for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Senate Judiciary begins investigation into DOJ lawmaker subpoenas NSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison MORE's vacant Senate seat.

Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ben SasseBen SasseGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Pence: Trump and I may never 'see eye to eye' on events of Jan. 6 White House: Biden will not appoint presidential Jan. 6 commission 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."