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Midterms 2018

Voters Feel ‘Real Revulsion’ for Double-Talking Politicians, Fleischer Says

Two former White House press secretaries review 'deplorables' moments for Democratic Senate candidates in Arizona and Tennessee

There is “a real revulsion in this county toward the picture-perfect politicians” like Senate candidates Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz., pictured above right) and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D, above left) — who know how to talk the right way but “don’t mean it,” former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer warned Thursday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Fleischer, who served in former President George W. Bush’s administration, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the revulsion applies “toward the picture-perfect politicians who know how to say everything the right way, but they don’t mean it.”

“Now, in the case of these Senate candidates in these very red states, there is a terrible tension that they are suffering from. They want to be more liberal, but they know they can’t be more liberal,” Fleischer added.

“So it doesn’t surprise me when you hear things, you see things like what happened with Arizona, like what’s happening in Tennessee, come out of the woodwork because it’s the real reflection of who they are and what they believe,” he said.

Democratic Senate candidates like Sinema and Bredesen “have to fake it because they cannot win in a red state otherwise,” Fleischer said.

Sinema, who is running a very tight Senate race against Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), found herself in hot water after a video from 2011 surfaced on Twitter. In the video, posted Thursday by The Reagan Battalion’s Twitter handle, Sinema delivered a speech in which she promised she would help liberals discover how to “stop your state from becoming Arizona.”

“Arizona is the state of the five Cs: cattle, copper, citrus, cotton and climate. And those were the five things our state historically made its money off of,” Sinema said. “But I would add a sixth ‘C.’ It’s called crazy. Because what’s happening in my state is pure craziness.”

“There’s a real revulsion in this county toward the picture-perfect politicians who know how to say everything the right way, but they don’t mean it.”

McSally responded to Sinema’s comments Thursday, telling reporters that “calling Arizonans crazy and having particular disdain for Republicans when she wants Republicans to vote for her is unbelievable. And Arizonans need to know about it.”

Likewise, Bredesen, who is in a close Senate race against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), got into trouble when an underground video produced by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas exposed his claim that if he were in the Senate now, he would vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Several of Bredesen’s key campaign staffers told an individual they believed was a friendly journalist that their candidate actually opposed Kavanaugh.

Bredesen field organizer Will Stewart told a Veritas interviewer, “He wouldn’t, but he’s saying he would” vote for Kavanaugh. “Which, I don’t know if it makes it worse or better.”

James Miller, another campaign staffer, said, “But isn’t that gross … That’s like the way it has to go … We don’t — we don’t say that out of these walls. But here, of course, we talk about that. ‘Cause it’s so funny. The messaging is like, ‘Don’t talk about blue wave.'”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign took a hit in 2016 when she dismissed “half of Trump’s supporters” as being in “the basket of deplorables” during a September 2016 fundraiser in New York City.

When Ingraham asked former White House press secretary Sean Spicer if Sinema and Bredesen “face similar risks here, given the revelations,” Spicer replied, “Absolutely.”

Related: Caught! Bredesen Staffers Reveal He’s Lying About Kavanaugh Support

“Pro tip: Don’t call the people that you want to elect you crazy,” Spicer advised. “So I think Kyrsten Sinema, who’s in a close race out there in Arizona with Congresswoman Martha McSally, is going to find herself on the back end of the wave that’s going to bring Martha McSally to the U.S. Senate.”

“Similarly, I think Marsha Blackburn initially was in a tight race going back a few weeks ago with former Gov. Phil Bredesen. And I think that that race has opened up for Marsha Blackburn,” Spicer said.

“These two folks needed to pretend that they actually were conservatives and that they championed … the issues that could work with someone like President Donald Trump,” he said.

“And these videos that have both been unearthed prove that they will say whatever they have to say to get into power, and yet they are truly left-wing Democrats that will elect [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] and [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] if they ever were to get into Washington,” warned Spicer, who was President Donald Trump’s first press secretary.

Fleischer said Americans are fed up with polished politicians who say what they need to say to get elected but don’t mean what they say at all.

“So along comes rough, tough, gruff Trump who just lets it fly, lets it rip, and it makes some people uncomfortable,” Fleischer said. “But on the other hand, I think people actually embrace the fact that he’s real. And that’s helped him.”

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