Edwards, Stalwart Conservative, Says He Is Leaving the GOP

WASHINGTON–Former U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards (Rep., Okla.), known as a stalwart conservative during his days on Capitol Hill, said on Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party because it has “become a cult” under President Donald J. Trump.

In an interview and in a personal essay on The Bulwark, Mr. Edwards blasted  the current direction of the GOP and criticized Republicans who sought to overturn the prresendential election results even after the invasion of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 riots.”There is no Republican Party anymore that has values, principles, morals, anything,” he former congressman said.

“We thought taxes could be too high and harmful.  We thought regulation could be too much and harmful.  We should have a strong military – I agreed with all of that. I still agree with that.”

Mr. Edwards served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, was chairman of the House Public Policy Committee and is co-author of a letter with former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii last year that blasted the president as “an ill-informed man who lacks basic self-control.”

 In the letter, the two former congressmen also backed President-Elect Joe Biden’s campaign.

Since his November election loss, Mr. Trump has consistently questioned the legitimacy of the election and his allies sought to invalidate mail-in votes in key swing states.

For months, the president’s legal team unleashed a plethora of lawsuits across the country seeking to overturn the election, which went nowhere.

“This has become a cult,”Mr.   said regarding the Republican Party.

 “It’s no longer a political party.   It’s a cult.   It’s the kind of a cult that, when the leader of the cult does anything, no matter what it is, or how awful it is, they prevail.

“If they to question the election results even after rioters came into the Capitol,” the former congressman added, “tried to kill them and killed a police officer trying to protect them.”

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