Ghoulish sociopath and Peter Thiel marionette — but I repeat myself — Blake Masters has been polling so abysmally that Mitch McConnell is already cutting his losses. One of the problems facing Masters in a statewide election in purple state is one facing most similarly situated Republicans — people really hate Dobbs and the hack Republican Supreme Court. Moreover, Masters favors a federal law that would make abortion first-degree murder in all 50 states, one of the few positions that might be more unpopular than his opposition to Social Security. His apparent solution to this problem will be familiar to anyone who watched the first Obama/Romney debate — if people hate your positions, just tell baldfaced lies about them:
Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters softened his tone and scrubbed his website’s policy page of tough abortion restrictions Thursday as his party reels from the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
In an ad posted to Twitter on Thursday, Masters sought to portray his opponent, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, as the extremist on the issue while describing his own views as “commonsense.”
“Look, I support a ban on very late-term and partial-birth abortion,” he said. “And most Americans agree with that. That would just put us on par with other civilized nations.” (Late-term abortions are extremely rare, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker.)
Just after it released the ad, Masters’ campaign published an overhaul of his website and softened his rhetoric, rewriting or erasing five of his six positions. NBC News took screenshots of the website before and after it was changed. Masters’ website appeared to have been refreshed after NBC News reached out for clarification about his abortion stances.
“I am 100% pro-life,” Masters’ website read as of Thursday morning.
That language is now gone.
Another notable deletion: a line that detailed his support for “a federal personhood law (ideally a Constitutional amendment) that recognizes that unborn babies are human beings that may not be killed.”
I trust that the Kelly campaign, which knows what it’s doing, will not allow this to work. But we’re going to be seeing more and more of this as Republicans find out the hard way how much people despise the war of terror and surveillance they’ve unleashed on American women.
…via brad in comments, Masters is also demanding a purge of his actual views from the internet archive. Truly Thiel’s most dedicated student!
.@NBCNews used old screenshots for their story on @bgmasters website re-write. I pulled up @waybackmachine to see for myself and found Masters' site is blocked there… asked @internetarchive and Masters spox if the campaign asked for the block https://t.co/TpV83MWBO2— Nick Phillips (@bynickphillips) August 25, 2022