RINO backers are individuals who financially, politically, or socially profit from claiming that they are conservative, but then side with liberal Republicans when it matters most. During the 2016 Republican Party Primaries for President, many RINO backers supported Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio.
Occasionally a controversy will flush out the RINO backers. One example occurred in September 2012, when the media bullying of pro-life leader and candidate for the Senate from Missouri Todd Akin highlighted who sides with RINO or liberal positions when it counts most—on the important social issues. Seven weeks later, Richard Mourdock made a similar pro-life statement that caused more RINO backers to emerge from the woodwork. Another example was when Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming voted to impeach President Trump, which exposed several "conservatives" as Anti-Trump RINOs.
A notable RINO backer is Karl Rove, who is promoted by Fox News and typically opposes the real pro-life candidates. Below is a list of RINO backers, and afterward a list of those who stand up for conservative principles.
Opposed Pro-Life Leader Todd Akin (or Richard Mourdock)
The following have become a hindrance to advancement of the pro-life movement, by opposing the principled stance of Todd Akin, as their demagoguery interferes with limits on abortion based on false allegations of rape:
|Karl Rove||Karl Rove engaged in demagoguery against Akin by falsely pretending that Akin was drawing a distinction between "legitimate rape" and "illegitimate rape": "After those damaging statements, I mean to try and differentiate between what’s a legitimate rape and an illegitimate rape and believing somehow that a woman’s body would reject a pregnancy if it was an illegitimate rape … These were reprehensible and deplorable comments."  Rove's American Crossroads relies on funding from Las Vegas casino owners, and Karl Rove evidently cares more about money for his (ineffective) Super PAC than pro-life values. More than six months later, Rove was still muttering that Akin's pro-life comment was somehow "reprehensible". In 2014, Rove was a big backer of Scott Brown, who then lost despite the conservative sweep in other states, including next door in Maine.|
|Ron Johnson||Johnson had no connection with the issue and is not up for reelection, but apparently act on orders by RINOs in pontificating that "Todd Akin's statements are reprehensible and inexcusable...Gaining a Republican majority in the US Senate and fixing the huge challenges that face our nation is more important than any one individual's political ambitions. Todd Akin should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November." |
|Sean Hannity||"As a political observer I see it differently here. I think for the next week all you're going to hear from Democrats is your comments. ...I think there is one political reality that I think has to be faced by you and your campaign and that is that you know, the reality here is that Democrats now have a ton of ammunition and they are now going to try to use these remarks to hurt everybody they can. And if I was put in that position, I would at least be thinking about what is in the best interest of the party." Recall that Hannity once had a pro-life priest on his show simply to berate him unfairly for his principled stance.|
|redstate.com||"This is abhorrent, ignorant, idiotic, foolish, blindingly stupid…Akin must go." |
|Ann Coulter||"This selfish swine, Todd Akin, is going to hurt the Republican Party." |
|Mitt Romney||"Todd Akin’s comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country." |
|Paul Ryan||"His statements were outrageous, over the pale. I don’t know anybody who would agree with that." |
|Sarah Palin||Falsely implied that Akin was staying in the race based on "self-desire": "So you have to step aside ... from your self-desire to get in there and serve and do what you believe is right, and you have to, in a sense, take one for the team, and you have to step aside, hand the mantle to someone else." |
|Rush Limbaugh||perhaps fearful of losing an advertiser, even though he's already made millions by pretending to be conservative, Rush piled on with the media bullying against Akin. Limbaugh called Akin's comment "stupid" and then, illustrating Limbaugh's foolish self-centeredness, declared that "If I had demanded Akin drop out, he’d be gone." Limbaugh said, "What I think Mr. Akin should try to realize here as he makes his decision is that all of these things that he truly cares about will be much easier to make happen if we win the Senate and the White House and hold the House this November. He must put the nation and its future ahead of everything else that he's considering. And I hope he comes to the right conclusion."|
|Michelle Malkin||"If only we conservative women had magical ways of preventing stupid Repub men from implanting rhetorical IEDs on our lawns…"|
|Tea Party Express leader Amy Kremer||"One of the lessons we learned in 2010 is that we need candidates who are not only conservative, but are capable of putting together a strong campaign against liberal opponents. Akin’s frequent ‘Bidenisms’ are distracting from the important issues at hand."|
|Reince Priebus||Priebus said the Party would not support Akin financially. "[H]e could be tied. We're not going to send him a penny."|
|Mitch McConnell||"What he said is just flat wrong in addition to being wildly offensive to any victim of sexual abuse, although Representative Akin has apologized, I believe he should take time with his family to consider whether this statement will prevent him from effectively representing our party in this critical election."|
|John Cornyn||"Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible,” he said in a statement release by the campaign committee. “I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next 24 hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service."|
|Roy Blunt||"Todd Akin, who has served in the House for a dozen years, has managed to get himself into a situation where he has become the issue,” Blunt said at a breakfast Tuesday sponsored by Politico. “If he gets out, I think we win the seat."|
|Scott Brown||"As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri."|
|Jeff Flake||"I oppose abortion, but exceptions must be made for rape, incest and to protect life of the mother. Cong. Akin’s comment was wrong. #azsen"|
|Dean Heller||"Todd Akin’s comments were unquestionably inappropriate and absurd. He should not be the standard bearer for the Republican Party in Missouri." And who is Dean Heller? He was appointed as Senator from Nevada by the Republican Establishment, rather than being elected by the people to the position.|
|Charles Krauthammer||"He's toxic. Nobody will touch him. Republicans aren't going to support him. He's not going to get any money. They've tossed away a seat that they could easily have won. It isn't only that it was offensive and toxic; it was unbelievably stupid. And there is enough stupidity in Congress that we don't need to add to it in this large amount. The guy's got to leave."|
|Chris Christie||"Akin should not only exit his race for the Senate, he should drop out of public life. I’m offended by what he thinks, not just what he said."|
|Mike Pence||Demanded that Richard Mourdock apologize for saying that pregnancy that (rarely) occurs from rape is something God intended.|
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce||Despite previously spending nearly $350,000 to defeat Dem incumbent Claire McCaskill before Akin won the Republican nomination, the Chamber of Commerce then refused to support Akin in the general election against McCaskill.|
|Dick Morris||"I think that story is a big plus for Romney right now because the story is not that some kooky Republican Congressman running for the Senate said something stupid. That was the first story. Now the story is that the responsible leaders of the Republican Party – Romney and McConnell and Ryan and all of them – are piling on Akin to withdraw and he won’t. And that really sends a message to pro-choice women that they don’t have to be afraid of Mitt Romney, that they don’t have to vote for Obama because of that."|
|Rick Scott||"I clearly disagree with what he said."|
Stood With Principle and Pro-Life Leader Todd Akin
|American Family Association||AFA representative Bryan Fischer stated, "Akin's words, for which he apologized even though he had no need to, were right. He was entirely correct to say that pregnancies in cases of forcible rape are rare."|
|Connie Mackey and the Family Research Council||Never wavered from their support of Todd Akin throughout the media bullying; the Council's president, Tony Perkins called the GOP treatment of Akin "suspect".|
|Missouri Delegates to the Republican National Convention||"Missouri Delegates Still Support Todd Akin, Despite Controversy."|
|Congressman Steve King||"I think this election should be about, how did Todd Akin vote and what did he vote for and what did he stand for. And in this case, I'm seeing the same thing -- petty personal attacks substituting for strong policy."|
|Rand Paul||"Unlike his fellow Kentucky Republican senator, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul isn’t calling on Republican Congressman Todd Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race."|
|Mike Huckabee||Siding with Todd Akin, Huckabee observed that Akin's comment "was blown out of proportion not by the left, but by Akin's own Republican Party. Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates?"|
|Dr. John C. Willke||"It's time for Republican leaders to rise to the level of Rep. Akin's principle and courage and stand with him and the Republican platform that stands for the protection of every human life." (Dr. Willke is a physician with training in obstetrics.)|
|Susan B. Anthony List||"We are proud to support Congressman Akin." |
|Tony Perkins||"Todd said he misspoke. He apologized for it. And so now I think it’s time to move on.”|
|Pat Buchanan||"Whittaker Chambers said that “the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded.”
He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify."
|Newt Gingrich||"I think Todd Akin is the choice of the people of Missouri. And Todd Akin has publicly apologized. People make mistakes.”|
|Victoria Jackson||“The Todd Akin thing was so blown out of proportion — it’s a joke. How many times do people get pregnant from rape? It’s point zero zero one percent. It’s a joke. I read lots of articles. I know people, because I’m 53. I’ve know a lot of people, and I’ve actually never known anyone who got pregnant from being raped.”|
|Jill Stanek||"I'm SICK of GOP's wimpiness on pro-life issue, most recently evidenced by @ToddAkin panic."|
|Rick Santorum||Released a joint statement with DeMint saying ""Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate. Todd will work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt, repeal the government takeover of healthcare, support our military and defend life at every stage."|
|Jim DeMint||Released a joint statement with Santorum saying "Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate. Todd will work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt, repeal the government takeover of healthcare, support our military and defend life at every stage." Funding Akin with the Senate Conservatives Fund he founded.|
|Mark Levin||"I agree with Senators DeMint and Santorum, as well as Newt Gingrich. It's time to get behind Todd Akin." |
|Rick Perry||Catherine Frazier, Rick Perry's press secretary, wrote in an email that "Perry supports Todd Akin, a conservative Republican, over Claire McCaskill, a Democrat."|
Defended Never Trumper Liz Cheney
Several House Republicans defended establishment RINO Liz Cheney after her vote in favor of impeachment President Trump over false accusations that he's supposedly directly responsible for the 2021 attack of the Capitol:
|"Liz should be commended, not condemned, for standing up in defense of the Constitution and standing true to her beliefs." Support Withdrawn|
|Nancy Mace (SC–1)||"We should not be silencing voices of dissent. That is one of the reasons we are in this today, is that we have allowed QAnon conspiracy theorists to lead us."|
|Carlos Gimenez (FL–26)||"Liz Cheney has been a steadfast supporter of conservative values. She has my total confidence in moving our @HouseGOP Conference forward. Her and I will have disagreements and that’s okay. Our party will only move forward when there is room for disagreement. I’m with you, Liz."|
|Dan Crenshaw (TX–2)||"[Liz Cheney] will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support."|
|Kevin McCarthy (CA–23)||"So I support [Liz Cheney], but I do think she has a lot of questions she has to answer to the conference."|
|Ken Buck||Sole freedom Caucus member who voted to not Remove Liz Cheney, the second time around.|
Never America First Caucus
|Adam Kinzinger||Never Trump RINO, Adam Kinzinger has said "Republicans who join 'America First' caucus should be stripped of committees."|
|Peter Meijer||Never Trump, RINO, Peter Meijer harshly condemned the formation of the group.|
|Liz Cheney||Anti Trump, Liz Cheney said in response to the group that "Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate."|
|Kevin McCarthy||House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy said "America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion. The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles."|
|Nancy Mace||South Carolina's representative said "This is a joke, right?"|
- Gov. Scott practices for Monday night RNC speech, condemns Akin rape comments The Buzz, Tampa Bay Times, August 21, 2012, retrieved September 7, 2012.
- Rand Paul reticent to weigh in on Akin's future but says Akin's comment was incorrect by Ryan Alessi, mycn2.com, August 22, 2012, retrieved August 24, 2012
- Sept 26th post to Facebook
- Read Liz Cheney's full statement in support of Trump's impeachment. Politico. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
- Zanona, Melanie (January 13, 2021). Liz Cheney faces blowback after embracing impeachment. Politico. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
- Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez on Twitter: "Liz Cheney...". Twitter. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
- Diaz, Daniella (January 23, 2021). Kevin McCarthy said he supports Liz Cheney but has 'concerns'. CNN. Retrieved January 24, 2021.