An American Inquisition

Last month, John Cornyn took the stage at the Texas state Republican convention. Over the course of 37 years of service, Cornyn has served as district court judge, associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court, attorney general of Texas, and for the last 20 years—U.S. senator for the Lone Star State. Cornyn has been a loyal Republican, acting as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2009 to 2013, and as Republican whip from 2013 to 2019. During President Donald Trump’s tenure, he voted with Trump’s legislative agenda 92.2 percent of the time. He holds a lifetime Heritage Action rating of 71 percent, which places him higher than Sens. Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Last, but certainly not least, he holds a coveted A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.

Yet, when he took the stage at his party’s state convention, he received boos and vitriol. What caused the party faithful to turn on one of their favorite sons? His role in the development of bipartisan gun safety legislation in response to the Uvalde school shooting in May. The convention formalized his fall from grace with the following resolution: 

“We reject the so called ‘bipartisan gun agreement,’ and we rebuke Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) … ” 

As right-wing provocateur John Cardillo tweeted, “@JohnCornyn is learning just how much normal Americans, especially his Texas constituents, hate Democrats and DC elites like him who sell out to leftists. There is no compromise. You give the left nothing, ever. That is the only option.” 

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