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Trump’s coalition of terrible men

By Joel Mathis, The Week

The MAGA movement is looking like a coalition of problematic men.

Herschel Walker has Donald Trump’s endorsement. So do Sean Parnell and Max Miller. Eric Greitens doesn’t have Trump’s official backing — so far at least — but he’s presenting himself to the voting public as a “MAGA warrior,” and clearly hopes for the former president’s blessing. Each of these candidates for federal office has something in common: They’ve been accused of mistreating women.

Greitens, running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, resigned from his state’s governorship in 2018 after he was accused of conducting a coercive sexual affair. Walker, the former NFL running back, is campaigning for Senate in Georgia despite allegations he threatened his ex-wife’s life. Parnell’s wife reportedly had two restraining orders against him as their marriage crumbled, but he’s still running for Senate in Pennsylvania. And Miller, running for Congress in Ohio, has been accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. (Miller has filed a defamation lawsuit against Grisham.)

Has a political movement ever put forward so many candidates with such terrible reputations?

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