- Former Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, known as a staunch conservative during his days on Capitol Hill, said Thursday that he was leaving the Republican Party because it had become a “cult” under President Donald Trump.
- In an interview with KFOR-TV, NBC’s Oklahoma City-based subsidiary, Edwards condemned Republicans who backed Trump’s monthly efforts to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, even after the deadly Capitol riots took five lives.
- “It’s become a cult,” he said. “It’s no longer a political party. It’s a cult. It’s a kind of cult that when the cult leader does anything, no matter what it is or how awful it is, they vote,”
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Former Oklahoma spokesman Mickey Edwards, known as a staunch conservative during his days on Capitol Hill, said Thursday that he was leaving the Republican Party because it had “become a cult” under President Donald Trump.
In an interview with KFOR-TV, the Oklahoma City branch of NBC, and in a personal essay for The Bulwark, Edwards complained about the current direction of the GOP, criticizing Republicans seeking to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election and even after the deadly Capitol riots on January 6.
“There is no longer a Republican Party that has values, principles, morals and whatever,” he told KFOR-TV. “We thought taxes could be too high and harmful, we thought regulation could be too much and harmful, we need to have a strong army – I agreed with all that. I still agree with that.”
Trump’s longtime critic, Edwards, who served in Congress from 1977 to 1993 and chaired the Republican parliamentary committee, prepared a letter with former GOP spokesman Charles Joy of Hawaii last year in which the president was blown up as “a badly shaped man missing.” basic self-control. “In the letter, Edwards and Zhou also supported President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.
After losing his election in November, Trump has consistently questioned the legitimacy of the election, and his allies have tried to weaken postal votes in key swing states. For months, the president’s legal team has launched numerous lawsuits across the country to overturn elections that went nowhere.
In an interview with KFOR-TV, Edwards announced Trump’s influence on GOP members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, who continued to challenge Biden’s election after fierce riots.
“It’s become a cult,” he said. “It’s not a political party anymore. It’s a cult. It’s a kind of cult that, when a cult leader does anything, no matter what it is or how awful it is, they vote,” Edwards said.
He added: “They voted to question the election results even after people entered the Capitol, tried to kill them and killed a police officer who was trying to protect them.”
Edwards registers as independent, but hopes the GOP will reorient itself in the future, calling in particular the GOP senators, who initially led the effort to overturn the election results.
“You have Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and James Lankfords, and those people who leave their personal ambition and fear of the voters, they want to inherit those voters, and that leads them to really dark roads,” he said. “I don’t know what the future holds. , but for me it’s outside the Republican Party. “