Don Bacon’s Campaign Of Lies And Smears

Representative Don Bacon claims to be running on bi-partisanship and civility. It’s an effective theme if you aren’t familiar with Bacon’s record or have amnesia. Republican propaganda depends heavily upon bad memories. It is our duty as Democrats to refresh voter memories.

I will re-post Don Bacon’s most frequent and dishonest lies and rebut them with fact checking. History doesn’t begin when Bacon posts a tweet or takes the microphone.

Bacon zombie lie: I support a $35 cap on insulin.

FACT CHECK: Bacon voted against the Inflation Reduction Act which capped out of control insulin prices.

Bacon zombie lie: Bacon is now claiming he wants to make abortions legal anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks into pregnancy.

FACT CHECK: In 2021, Bacon co-sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment that would have considered a fetus a person under the law, outlawing abortion in all 50 states, with no specific exceptions.

Bacon zombie lie: Tony Vargas wants to raise taxes on the middle class.

FACT CHECK: Vargas voted for the two biggest property tax cuts in Nebraska history in 2020 and 2022. Don Bacon voted to raise taxes on Gold Star families in 2017. Somebody had to pay for Bacon’s $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthy and big corporations.

Bacon zombie lie: Vargas supports sending federal stimulus checks to prisoners.

FACT CHECK: It was Don Bacon who voted to send stimulus checks to prisoners and criminals. In 2020, Bacon voted for a Covid-19 relief package even though he knew prisoners would be receiving stimulus checks.

Bacon zombie lie: Bacon accused Vargas of “fiscal recklessness.”

FACT CHECK: Tony Vargas has voted for six balanced budgets as a Nebraska state senator. Don Bacon voted to add $7.8 trillion to the national debt when Trump was president and voted to increase the annual deficit from $585 billion to $3.1 trillion. The 2020 federal deficit was the largest one in the peacetime history of the U.S.

Bacon zombie lie: “We need to stop excessive spending.”

FACT CHECK: Federal spending was 31.2% of GDP in 2020. Bacon voted for that spending. Federal spending is 25.6% of GDP in 2022. Bacon voted against that reduction in spending.

Bacon zombie lie: Don Bacon backs the blue.

FACT CHECK: Bacon voted against hiring more police officers in 2021 and boycotted a ceremony honoring the D.C. police officers who saved his life on January 6. Bacon attacked the FBI after they executed a search warrant at Trump’s home to retrieve classified documents about nuclear weapons. The CD02 Congressman has since been very quiet about Trump’s national security breach.

Bacon is making these phony attacks to distract you from his support of a total abortion ban without any exceptions. As I discussed earlier, Bacon co-sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment in 2021 that would have outlawed abortion in all 50 states, with no specific exceptions.

Bacon would like you to forget his vote for the radioactive 2017 Trump Care bill. Bacon said “Hell yes!” to throwing 20 million off insurance & gutting pre-existing condition protections. Bacon even voted to exempt himself from the bill.

Bacon also voted for the Trump/Ricketts lawsuit aimed at throwing 20 million Americans off insurance and ending pre-existing condition protections. If they had “won” their case, the ACA would have been repealed without a replacement plan. Pre-existing condition protections would have been eliminated and over 20 million Americans would’ve been kicked off insurance.

Don Bacon’s opposition to federally subsidized health insurance is deeply hypocritical since he has enjoyed it for his entire adult life. Why doesn’t Bacon want his fellow Americans to enjoy the kind of health care security that has benefited him?

Don Bacon is running this deeply dishonest and hypocritical campaign because he is most likely trailing Vargas in the polls. The Cook Political Report recently moved the CD02 race from “lean Republican” to “tossup” due to Bacon’s extreme position on abortion.

I would urge everybody to do what you can to help Tony Vargas. Nebraska CD02 is one of the most important Congressional races in the country. Tony will work hard to support working families and protect your freedom if he is elected. Now let’s get it done!

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Dennis Crawford

Dennis Crawford

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I’m a trial lawyer, defender of democracy and a sports fan.