Why the GOP needs to stop using the word “stolen”
The Republican Party is under mounting pressure from a variety of political, legal and policy experts to stop referring to President Trump’s White House and Congress as “stole” and “stolted.”
The word “Stolen” has been in the dictionary since at least 1946, and has been used in political speeches by Republican presidential candidates in the past.
But Republicans say the use of the word is misleading, and they are demanding that the Democratic Party stop using it.
The GOP’s efforts to avoid the word have caused some embarrassment among the party’s more conservative base.
“The word ‘stolen’ is a term that was in use for many years in American political speech, and it is in the Republican Party’s best interest to avoid using it,” said Mark Rozell, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former aide to Republican Sen. Richard Shelby.
“If they are going to continue using it, then we need to make sure that people are not misled.”
The term is also problematic for Democrats, who argue that the word can mislead people into believing that Republicans are trying to steal the White House.
“We have to stop pretending that they are in this to steal it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on “Meet the Press” Sunday.
The word has also been used by Republican leaders to describe Trump, whom they call the “Stole President” for the “stealin’ of his presidency.”
“We are in a position now, I think, to take the heat off of that, because we have to start talking about the real problems facing the country, because that is the most important issue,” Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., told CNN Sunday.
“We have the largest debt in the world.
We have the highest unemployment rate in the country.
We are going bankrupt every day.
We need a serious economic recovery.
We’ve got to do it, and we’re going to have to do this in a different way than we did.”
The Republican National Committee also criticized Trump and the Republicans for using the term “stale” to describe the administration.
“To be honest, the word ‘Stolen’ just doesn’t sound like a good thing,” RNC communications director Ryan Williams said on Sunday.
Williams also argued that the term is not in the “best interest of our party,” and that the Republican National Convention in Cleveland is not the time to be using it.
“It’s time for us to take a stand against the misuse of the term ‘stale,’ which is the word that has been around for a long time and which has been repeatedly used by Republicans in political speech,” he said.
The RNC has also made clear that the party is committed to the language, and will continue to speak out against the word in any way possible.
The Trump administration has made clear it plans to keep using the phrase “stalinist,” and Williams and others have been pushing for the Republican president to avoid it.
“It is time to get out of the ‘stolts’ business,” Williams said.