ARIZONA: State GOP Forbids Criticism Of Trump

Arizona Central reports:

In a recent Arizona Republican Party newsletter, Chairman Jonathan Lines issued marching orders for elected Republican officials in clear, concise, mildly threatening terms: Lines declared that office holders must “stand with” President Donald Trump. And that it is “non-negotiable.” Chairman Lines was in a tizzy over an essay written by newly elected Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in which Romney was critical of Trump.

“One of the things I’ve always loved about our party is that we are a big tent. We have room for everyone. That’s why, as your Chairman, I’ve done my best to welcome as many different viewpoints and coalitions as possible into our party. However, while we are accepting of different viewpoints, it is essential that we stay true to our conservative values. And it is non-negotiable that we stand with our President.”