New York City’s anti-Trump Metropolitan Republican Club, which recently purged Trump supporters from its board and whose President broke FEC laws to donate to anti-Trump Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, ran no candidates under the Republican name in 2016, but did run losing candidate Rebecca Harary under the extreme left-wing and Democrat-founded ‘Women’s Equality Party’, using the slogan “Vote for Her!” and Hillary Clinton knock-off imagery.
Digging deeper, we accessed a considerable amount of campaign literature from Republicans running campaigns from the club, and could not find mention in the Republican campaign literature of the fact that they were at all Republican. Nor did campaign literature mention Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
New York County Republican Party chairwoman Adele Malpass explained to the Observer in the run-up to the 2016 elections, that in a year where Hillary Clinton was guaranteed to win the Presidency, it didn’t make sense to advertise the Republican name on campaign literature. Malpass explained her strategy for encouraging Anti-Trump campaigns to be run out of the Metropolitan Republican Club, of which her organization is a tenant: “I hope that people uncomfortable voting on the Republican line, this being the year of the woman, hopefully they will vote on the Women’s Equality Line.”
New York State Assembly Candidate Rebecca Harary, who ran her campaign out of the Metropolitan Republican Club, is one such example of a candidate who Malpass ran quietly as a Republican and loudly as a Women’s Equality Party candidate. Numerous board members participated in the Harary campaign and who also helped with the purging of Trump supporters from the Metropolitan Republican Club’s board.
Several mainstream political observers in the Democratic stronghold city praised Adele Malpass’s strategy of diverting Republican support into the Women’s Equality Party founded by New York’s left-wing Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York Post’s editorial board went so far as to describe it as “a ninja maneuver” and titled the editorial ‘Manhattan’s GOP is showing more life than it has in decades.’
That liveliness shown by Malpass goes in the wrong direction for some. “It sucks working for Democrats,” said one particularly active club member and longtime Republican in response to the situation. Other club members are outraged by the direction being taken by their club and their political ninja of a tenant:
“They help Cuomo, but they won’t help Trump? They won’t help our party’s Senate candidate Wendy Long, but they donate to Chucky Schumer? They won’t even put the name Republican on their mailers, then they run on that Women’s Equality Party with Hillary Clinton? Of course they lost. Nobody knows what they stand for,” said a displeased club member outside of the club before a social earlier this month.
“This whole area around the [Metropolitan Republican] Club went for [Republican Mayoral candidate Joe] Lhota in 2013, but in 2016, our local Republican candidate snubbed Republicans and pushed this Women’s Equality Party. She lost in a landslide. It’s almost like they couldn’t do any worse if they tried,” said a sitting board member laughing about the local results in the November election, “Who are they and what do they even stand for?”
While Donald Trump won his election, Rebecca Harary did not, coming far behind the 2013 results of Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, even when taking into account the results of the Women’s Equality Party with which Harary ran downballot of Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton.
Harary campaign manager, Alexandra Sherer defended this tactic of breaking with the Republican Party and embarrassingly breaking with the Presidential nominee in his hometown of Manhattan, of all places, by explaining that while they did in fact lose and that they may have hurt Trump in the process that there’s an upside to it all. Sherer explains that “Team Harary got 8,983 more votes than Donald Trump in the 73rd Assembly District. This means we convinced nearly 9,000 people to split their ticket and vote Clinton-Harary.”
Splitting the ticket is a common strategy used by opposing campaigns. Paul Waldman in the run up to the 2016 election explained how it was used across the country as a common tactic of Anti-Trump candidates in the Republican Party. Waldman called it “a recipe for everything people say they hate about Washington.” Waldman even cited one Ohio Republican appearing at Hillary Clinton rallies begging for votes from her supporters.
“Vote for Her!” read one of the pieces of Harary’s campaign literature. This was in a year where phrases like “Vote for Her!,” using the third person singular feminine pronoun, were understood across America to be a show of support for Hillary Clinton. A variant of that – “I’m with her” in spoken communication, in bumper stickers, and as a social media hashtag was used to refer to Clinton, and is still being used for this purpose among Clinton supporters. Among Clinton’s most extreme supporters, and eventually for many people across the country, the mere use of the pronoun “her” reliably referred to Hillary Clinton from early 2016 forward. All of this, makes it appear like a New York Republican ran as a pro-Hillary candidate with her campaign headquarters in a club whose board has been accused of being so Anti-Trump that it purged Trump supporters from the board of the club in violation of its own bylaws.
“This is a hate Donald Trump movement,” commented ousted board member Sandra Chase in response to recent events at the club.
A deeper dig leads to further questions. The Women’s Equality Party has an openly “Marxist-feminist” agenda. It’s no surprise that some Met Club members wonder why their club was used to support that agenda, one that is fundamentally at odds with the Republican Party and one that is even considered radically left for many Democrats. The principles of the Marxist-feminist Women’s Equality Party include: moving away from the American principle of “innocent until proven guilty” by legislating anti-male biases into the court system, pushing anti-landlord legislation to further erode property rights, incentivizing false accusations by making it prohibitively expensive for any male accused of a crime by a female to defend oneself, and most glaring of all – guaranteeing the right to immediate abortions fully funded by taxpayers, or as the Women’s Equality Party coyly phrases it in their literature “apply the full standards of Roe v. Wade in New York.”
“I was always taught actions speak louder than words,” commented Allan Stevo on the situation.
“They ran a divide and conquer strategy on Trump, still lost their race, and now they expect us to believe they support Trump because it’s suddenly trendy,” asked one club member at a recent club social event, “They expect to have a seat at the table after running an Anti-Trump campaign?”
According to former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Women’s Equality Party was organized to help push a more extreme left-wing feminist agenda through the state legislature:
“[Governor Cuomo] was extremely frustrated that we were unable to pass the Women’s Equality Act in Albany last year. For all of us, this party is an opportunity for women to have their voices heard – but also to make sure elected officials know they need to be responsive to women.”
The Women’s Equality Act is the ten point Marxist-feminist platform that the Women’s Equality Party was created in order to pass. This party is who Harary ran with, and who County Republican Chairwoman Adele Malpass bragged about putting Republicans on the ballot under.
“Let’s see. Out of our Republican club’s building they ran a campaign that wasn’t even Republican. They ran against our hometown boy. They ran against middle America. They ran against change. How do you expect us to feel about them?” said a sitting board member who refused to be named for this story out of fear of retaliation.
When asked why he didn’t vote in support of the “Trump Five” at the annual meeting he said “Get us a secret ballot and you’ll see a very different outcome.”
All this is in line with what we’ve heard from reportedly “disgruntled” members at the Club, which is how Club President Deb Coughlin has referred to those she removed from the board in the Trump Purge of January 31, 2017: “There is a group of disgruntled former Executive Committee members who are telling whomever will listen that the club has not been a supporter of President Trump, these former EC members were not re-nominated to the Executive Committee for valid reasons which had nothing to do with President Trump.”
Deb Coughlin, of 45 East End Avenue, New York, New York – GotNews discovered, based on FEC records is both a President of the Republican club and a longtime supporter of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. She has given 2.3 times as much over the years to Schumer’s committee, Friends of Schumer, as she has to all Republican causes combined. On top of that, she isn’t the only one on the board with an Anti-Trump history of giving and volunteerism.
Rebecca Harary’s campaign manager, and Met Club member, Alexandra Sherer is no stranger to Anti-Trump politics. Sherer who describes herself as “Field Director at New York Republican State Committee,” “District Leader at Manhattan Republican Party,” “State Committeewoman at New York Republican State Committee,” and “Former Consultant at the Board of Elections in New York,” was active in the Trump Purge that took place at the Met Club on January 31, 2017. Sherer rose that night to read from a prepared statement to begin the process of removing the Trump supporters from the board. The events of that evening have drawn a considerable amount of scrutiny to the club. In 2016, in the Washington Square News, Sherer appeared to argue that College Republicans should not even bother endorsing Donald Trump saying “the NYU College Republicans could endorse Hillary Clinton and no one in the political world would care.” In a position that seems to afford her a great deal of access to high profile political figures, Sherer’s Facebook page contains numerous photos of her with Republican Anti-Trump figures and Democratic Anti-Trump figures, but at the time this article went live, does not show her with a single pro-Trump public figure.
Also involved in the Harary campaign, the state GOP, the county GOP, the New York Board of Elections, and the Trump Purge is Robert L. Morgan III, the son of a former club president who sits on the board of the Metropolitan Republican Club alongside his father Robert L. Morgan Jr., an attorney at the law firm of Emmet, Marvin, and Martin. The night of January 31, 2017, sitting in the front row of the Met Club’s annual meeting, Robert L. Morgan III, actually moved that any Club member be “forcibly removed” from the room if they attempted to question the Trump Purge. At the meeting Morgan also shouted down anyone who stood in support of a motion to conduct business by secret ballot. Secret ballot or paper ballot is a method traditionally used to prevent intimidation from affecting a vote’s outcome.
The story of the organization being Anti-Trump checks out. It all seems to fit a larger trend of the Metropolitan Republican Club board and several affiliate organizations being notably Anti-Trump.
About the recent events, ousted board member Allan Stevo connected “Running on principle is one kind of victory. Winning a race is another kind of victory. Doing them both is the ultimate victory. This club gets the pleasure of neither.”
On their own – a few Anti-Trump speakers or an Anti-Trump political campaign run out of the Metropolitan Republican Club doesn’t mean much. In the midst of the January 31, 2017 Trump Purge at the cherished Manhattan club, the pieces come together. A group of current and past club officers, some with positions on the club stretching back to the 1980s, removed a contingent of Five Trump supporters from the Executive Committee, effectively clearing the Executive Committee of those seeking national and local change.
(Glenn Nocera, the Brooklyn Tea Party President, posted an article about the Trump Purge commenting “The Metropolitan Republican Club should be ashamed of themselves along with chairwoman Adele Malpass of the Manhattan Republican Party.”)
When asked why Malpass, Coughlin and others would purge the Board of Trump supporters, expelled board member and longtime New York City Republican Sandra Chase said plainly “They hate Donald Trump, and they were really pissed when he won.“
“Chuck Schumer won this battle, but Donald Trump is winning the war,” was overheard as members, the night of the Trump Purge, walked out the door of the century-old club that Theodore Roosevelt helped found.
We will keep you posted as we continue to dig deeper into the scandal-plagued Anti-Trump board of the Metropolitan Republican Club.
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