- Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore
- Sen. John Cornyn speaks at a CPAC in Washington, D.C.
In case you needed any help: He's against it, really against it.
Just to make sure voters — and the nation's Twitter-happy commander in chief — know how much, Cornyn tweeted or retweeted defenses of the president more than 50 times in the past week or so, according to a Dallas Morning News tally.
In those tweets, Cornyn claimed the still-unidentified whistleblower has a political ax to grind, bagged on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for starting the inquiry and lambasted the media for cheerleading the process. He also seemed to back Trump's claim that he should be able to unmask the whistleblower — a statement that's drawn the ire of senior GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley.
For any claim of wrongdoing, there must be a presumption of innocence, the same standard for conduct must be applied to all, a right to face and cross-examine witnesses against you, and the right to have to have the matter decided on evidence, not just allegations.— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 1, 2019
Cornyn is up for reelection in 2020, and Democrats have made a priority of flipping his seat. He also faces a primary challenge from Dallas investor Mark Yancey, who describes himself as a Ronald Reagan Republican.
Earlier this week, the Texas Democratic Party issued a statement blasting Cornyn for running interference for Trump, pointing out similarities between the senator's statements and precise White House talking points.
Instead of taking the whistleblower complaint seriously, the Texas Dems argue, "Cornyn instead decided to repeat the tired Trump talking points in every form of media that he could."
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