OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – After a lifetime devoted to the Grand Outdated Celebration, former Oklahoma congressman Mickey Edwards stated he no lengthy considers himself a Republican.
“It’s gone. I imply there isn’t a Republican Celebration anymore that has values, rules, morals, something,” Edwards stated Thursday.
They’re harsh phrases from a person who registered as Republican as quickly as he was allowed. As a younger man, Congressman Edwards idolized Republican leaders.
“We thought taxes may very well be too excessive and dangerous, we thought regulation may very well be an excessive amount of and dangerous, we must always have a robust army – I agreed with all of that,” Edwards stated. “It’s true immediately. I nonetheless agree with that.”
From 1977 to 1993, he served within the U.S. Home or Representatives, proud to guide his get together.
However when Donald Trump ran, he voiced his dismay, writing a letter that stated Trump was unfit for workplace. The letter was signed by 30 former Republican members of Congress.
Congressional objections to the November 2021 presidential election have been the tipping level. Edwards stated he couldn’t perceive how even after Republican, Trump-supporting governors and legislators confirmed it was a good election, members of Congress continued to name it into query.
“The members of Congress knew higher. They knew higher. Lankford knew higher. Members of the home delegation knew higher,” Edwards stated. “They knew the outcomes, they’d the knowledge. They noticed that it was Republican Trump supporters all throughout the nation who have been saying, ‘no, we misplaced.’”
He identified that Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation objected to the Electoral College vote depend even after Trump supporters attacked the Capitol Building.
“This has turn out to be a cult. It’s not a political get together. It’s a cult. It’s the sort of a cult that when the chief of the cult does something, it doesn’t matter what it’s, or how terrible it’s, they voted,” Edwards stated. “They voted to query the election outcomes even after individuals got here into the Capitol, tried to kill them and killed a police officer who was attempting to guard them. They usually did that.”
He has chosen to depart the get together, and has now registered as an impartial.
Edwards stated he hopes its leaders will quickly discover the braveness to do what’s proper.
“You’ve obtained the Josh Hawleys, and the Ted Cruzes and the James Lankfords, and these people who find themselves letting their private ambition, and concern of the voters, they need to inherit these voters, and it’s main them to actual darkish paths. So I don’t know what the longer term is,” Edwards stated, “however for me it’s outdoors of the Republican Celebration.”
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