The GOP is in shambles, and even if few are willing to admit it publicly, most know deep down that they have done some sh*tty things over the years which have brought them to the dismal place they now find their party. Now, it seems that at least some of them are beginning to see the error of their ways.
On Sunday morning, Republican Senator Jeff Flake appeared on Meet The Press where he lamented that his party just doesn’t have the guts to stand up for what is right. In particular, he regrets that the GOP went along with birtherism. (The belief that our country’s first black president wasn’t really born in the United States.)
“You were pretty rough on some conservatives,” Chuck Todd said in regards to Flake’s book, Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, in which he calls his fellow GOP lawmakers “willing accomplices.”
Well, I do I think that we’ve seen more people ready to stand up,” Flake responded, “and I wish that we as a party would’ve stood up, for example, when the birtherism thing was going on.”
Flake explained that is isn’t just the issue of birtherism, using the “Lock Her Up” chant that has been Donald Trump’s rallying cry as a perfect example.
During rallies, when the chants ‘Lock Her Up,’ we shouldn’t be the party for jailing your political opponents,” the Republican Senator said. “Anybody at that rally, anybody at those rallies, ought to stand up and say ‘that’s inappropriate, we shouldn’t be doing that.”
“I wish we as a party, and elected officials, would do more,” Flake asserted. “Or when particularly ugly conspiracy theories come out, or simply fake news, stuff that is just demonstrably false, we have to stand up and say ‘hey, that’s just not right.’”
You can watch Sen. Flake’s interview with Meet The Press here:
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.