decryption | Republican War in Ohio

(New York) Viewers across Ohio have seen dozens of ads in recent months recalling the derogatory epithets JD Vance used to denigrate Donald Trump in 2016: “idiot,” “reprehensible, and “toxic.” among other things.

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Richard Hetu

Richard Hetu
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Who is JD Vance? In 2016, this former Marine, graduate of the prestigious Yale University and venture capitalist published Hillbilly elegant, his memoir about his chaotic youth in Appalachia and the crisis of working-class white America, which Netflix adapted into a film. On Tuesday, he will be one of the candidates in the Republican primary that is likely to determine the potential winner of Ohio’s Senate election next November.

And despite all the bad things he said about Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election, he recently received Trump’s confirmation on April 15. “He’s the guy who said shitty things about me,” the ex-president recently admitted alongside Vance at a rally in Ohio. “But you know what? Everyone else too. If I had held up to that standard, I don’t think I would have ever supported anyone in the country. »

I want to pick someone who’s going to win, and that man is going to win.

Donald Trump on JD Vance

The election of Donald Trump, which plunged the Republicans into a fratricidal war, will be the most important measure of the ex-president’s influence within his party to date. Before gaining the endorsement of the man he now considers “the best President in America.” [sa] Life,” JD Vance trailed former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in multiple polls, who enjoys the support of Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former House National Security Advisor Blanche Michael Flynn, among others. He’s now leading the race, according to at least two recent polls.

A “new law”

But the Ohio Republican primary could also be a breakthrough for what some America’s are calling the “new right.” A nationalist right that flirts with authoritarianism and whose key supporter is billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook.


PHOTO REBECCA BLACKWELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal

Thiel has poured more than $10 million into two political action committees to support the Senate nominations of two of his former employees. One of them, Blake Masters, is trying to wrest Arizona Senator Mark Kelly’s seat from the Democrats. The other, JD Vance, wants to replace Republican Rob Portman, who has announced his resignation, in the Senate.

The three men – Thiel, Masters and Vance – have a mutual friend, Curtis Yarvin, an ex-programmer and blogger who is often portrayed as a “prophet” of this new right and who sees Donald Trump as a useful ally. In its current issue, the magazine presents vanity fair describes some of the ideas of this “neo-reactionary”, including those at the helm of the American government “a national CEO, [ou] what is called a dictator”.

He has since dropped the word “dictator,” but his authoritarian leanings remain. And JD Vance, 37, reiterated one of his central ideas – dismantling the administrative apparatus, which he calls the “regime” – during an interview with vanity fair.

I think Trump will run again in 2024. I think what Trump should do, if I had to give him some advice, is fire every middle bureaucrat, every administrative official, and fire them and replace them with our people.

JD Vance, in an interview with vanity fair

“And when the courts step in to stop you, stand in front of the country and say, ‘The chief justice has issued his verdict, let’s see if he can enforce it,'” he added, implying that he ready to challenge the constitutional order.

War in Ukraine? Spring…

JD Vance does not allow himself such calls for authoritarianism during the election campaign. But he makes comments as controversial, if not more so, than Donald Trump’s on several other issues, including the war in Ukraine.

“I have to be honest with you, I really don’t care what happens to Ukraine one way or another,” he said in an interview with Donald Trump’s ex-strategist Steve Bannon’s podcast. “It is important to me that in my community right now, the leading cause of death among 18-45 year olds is Mexican fentanyl crossing the southern border. »

It’s one step from there to indicting Joe Biden for intentionally allowing Mexican fentanyl into the United States.

“If you wanted to kill a group of MAGA voters right in the heart of the country, what better way to target them and their children than with that fentanyl?” said JD Vance, whose mother was an opiate addict herself. “It seems to be really intentional. It’s like Biden wants to punish people who didn’t vote for him. »

Josh Mandel, one of JD Vance’s main competitors, is not to be outdone, particularly on the issue of illegal immigration. He advocates the expulsion of all illegal immigrants. He is no less the choice of Ohio’s Republican elite and the Club for Growth, the conservative business organization that has funded many of the ads reminiscent of JD Vance’s negative comments about Donald Trump in 2016.

Two other candidates are in the running for the Republican primary, one of whom has declined to campaign for support for Donald Trump. It’s State Senator Matt Dolan who topped JD Vance by a full percentage point in at least one poll released last week. His victory would be like an earthquake for the Trumpists.

The Republican primary winner will face Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio in November.

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