Former DHS Chief of Staff Says GOP Has Become ‘Tinder for Terrorists’
As dozens of insurrectionist-sympathizing supporters of ex-President Donald Trump descended upon Washington, DC for a “Justice for J6” rally on Saturday, former United States Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor blasted the Republican Party for devolving into “Tinder for terrorists,” alluding to the dating app.
Speaking with MSNBC host Lindsey Reiser, Taylor lamented that the vibe in DC feels like “fortress America,” noting that there has been a surge in “support for political violence” throughout the nation in recent years.
“This is a rally in support of the insurrectionists,” Taylor said of Saturday’s event, which was reportedly a dud. “These are not political prisoners. These are criminals, some of whom are responsible for the death and injury of police officers.”
Taylor, a registered Republican, then expressed dismay over the GOP’s willingness to promote Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen as well as the vocal backing some right-wing lawmakers have provided to the “criminals” who stormed the Capitol on January 6th.
Taylor said that the GOP has reached an existential crossroads about its future.
“Will our platform continue to be that we are the party of [President Abraham] Lincoln and founding ideals, or will it be kind of a different platform?” he asked. “Today I think we look more like a Tinder for terrorists where radicals around the country can swipe right and match with an extremist politician who amplifies their views, and then when they get into trouble and commit crime tries to go bail them out from prison? So look, if you ask me right now, we look a little bit less like the party of Lincoln and more like a Tinder for terrorists.”
Watch below via MSNBC: