Democrats Are Doing Basically Nothing to Counter the GOP’s ‘Pedophile’ Attacks

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Republicans are increasingly accusing Democrats of being soft on pedophilia as the midterm fights heat up. Democrats’ response? A collective eye roll.

Both in the fight to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and in state-level battles over LGBTQ rights, hard-line Republicans have taken to smearing their Democratic opponents as “groomers” who are soft on pedophilia.

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made it more explicit last week, calling Democrats the “party of pedophiles.”

So how should Democrats respond? Or should they respond at all?

Half of Republicans—and almost a third of Americans overall—said in a recent YouGov poll that it’s definitely or probably true that “top Democrats are involved in elite child sex-trafficking rings.” That’s a slight uptick in belief of that core QAnon conspiracy from when the pollster started asking the…

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