The internal Republican Party war continues to be red-hot between the pro-Trump and anti-Trump camps.
As Donald Trump’s supporters, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and Paul Gosar ride high with the former president’s supporters, former centrist GOP House members slammed them as “fringe” politicians.
Former Rep. Charlie Dent said that, in the past, these were “people who show up at a state party convention and you know they’d be kind of sitting out there, behind one of those stands, and you kind of ignore them. You laugh at them. You walk by.”
Now, said Dent, who retired in 2018, “some of these people [are] on the stage.” He called them “wackadoodles.”
Former Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, who lost in the anti-Trump 2018 midterm elections, referred to the Trump loyalists as stupid and idiots. “They so many say so many stupid things every day,” she said, referring to Greene, Boebert, Gaetz, and Gosar.
She predicted to a New York University audience that it could take three elections to “wash” them out.
“I do think some of that will wash out. You know maybe it's going to take a few more cycles, maybe Republicans are going to have to lose more…before they wake up and say, ‘Well wow maybe, you know, all these you know isolationism and nationalism, and just plain stupid, embarrassing candidates aren't the way to the majority,” she said.
The GOP fight has been ongoing since former President Donald Trump left town. Centrists such as Comstock and Dent have been overshadowed by Trump loyalists, especially after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and election fight. The former No. 3 House Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, for example, was removed from her post for taking anti-Trump positions.
Meanwhile, Greene and the others have been singled out for their aggressive tactics, and they are not backing down. For example, a California hotel canceled an “America First” rally Greene and Gaetz were to be featured at, but they plan to move it to a different venue.
They have also succeeded in fundraising and planning for their reelections despite the criticism from never-Trump moderates.
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Original Author: Paul Bedard
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