Former GOP Congressman Says Republicans Are Splintering
Former Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) on Saturday said that GOP lawmakers are debating whether to form a new conservative political party to differentiate themselves from the far-right fringes that have usurped the Republican Party.
“What are Republican leaders telling you about the trajectory of the party?” asked MSNBC anchor Fredricka Whitfield.
Dent said that things within the GOP are worse than most people would presume because of conspiracy theorists like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA):
It’s not good right now. I think everybody understands that. In fact, just yesterday I participated in a forum or a summit where we talked about the future of the party, should there be a new party or a new faction. A new faction within the party or one that operates independently of the party? That’s the conversation that many Republicans are having, and we’re united around core principles like democracy, rule of law, measured statements, and we’re against cronyism and this type of ugly populism that we’ve witnessed the last four years under President Trump and folks like Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Whitfield wondered if the crazies are actually winning:
So it sounds like there’s a consideration of surrendering the party to a fringe element?
Dent replied that Republicans are terrified of their uncontrollable base:
Well, I think that’s a real fear. You just led with Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comments. And let’s be honest, the Democrats now have a recorded vote of 199 Republicans basically defending her right to serve on a committee. I mean, Republicans would, say, pick on AOC or the Squad and use her to define other Democrats. Now it’s going to be a fair turn of events. Democrats are going to do the same thing with Marjorie Taylor Greene, except they have a recorded vote. And that is a very big deal. So I think Republicans right now have to — should have never put themselves in a position where the Democrats did what Republicans should have done themselves, which was to remove her from the committees and also, frankly, disinvite her from the Republican conference.
Whitfield then asked if Republicans are afraid of former President Donald Trump.
I think there is far too much fear, that has always been the problem. Talk to those ten members of the House, the Republicans, who voted to impeach. In many respects, they feel quite liberated. They’re not fearful. I mean, they did what they did. They’re resigned to the fact that they may have cost themselves their jobs. But I’ve always said, sometimes you have to risk your job in order to save. And that’s what they did. So this conversation is just beginning, and the fight, the battle for the future of the party is just opening up now.
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