The Republican Party is in such a dire situation ahead of midterms that lifelong conservatives are actually leaving the party in droves. Thanks to president Donald Trump, the horrendous leadership in the GOP, and the new controversy surrounding Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, some conservatives have had all they can take.
Conservative commentator Max Boot is one of those people, and he shocked everyone earlier today when he called for the GOP to be destroyed so the party could rebuild itself after the damage that has been done by Trump. In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the author and former Wall Street Journal editor talked about his new book, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right” and the future of the GOP. Boot said:
It’s hugely harmful to the long-term future of the Republican Party as America becomes less white. The Republicans are being identified as the white nationalist party.”
Boot blamed Trump for making racism a main focal point in the GOP:
I came here at age 6, I learned to speak English — I think I speak it reasonably well. I try to fit in, blend in — I thought I achieved that. I thought of myself as an ordinary American, not as a hyphenated American. Donald Trump is making me to think in those terms, he’s making me think there’s something less American than me. I wasn’t born here, I’m Jewish. I’m not the kind of American that Donald Trump celebrates. It’s a tragedy for me and heartbreaking for me.”
Boot pointed out how terrible the midterm elections are going to be if the GOP continues to run on their white nationalist platform, and then called for Americans to vote against the Republican Party in a powerful rant:
They will double down on white nationalism and racism, xenophobia, undermining the rule of law. They will be solidified as a core part of the Republican identity. That’s why I think it is essential that Republicans pay a price at the ballot box for what they are doing, and that’s why I’m urging, as somebody who is a lifelong Republican, never voted for a Democrat before I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — having said all that I’m urging everybody to vote straight-ticket Democratic in November, because I think it’s imperative to get some checks and balances.”
Taking on the many spineless Republicans who have sat silently and watched Trump abuse his power, Boot called for them to be held responsible as well.
The Republican Party has shown they will not stop Donald Trump’s abuses of power, and that they will continue remolding themselves in Donald Trump’s image unless they understand there’s a price to be paid at the ballot box. I think, essentially, the Republican Party, as currently constituted, needs to be razed to the ground, it needs to be destroyed — and maybe, maybe, maybe out of the ashes we can build up a more reasonable center-right party which is something this country needs.”
This is an extremely powerful interview, and a signal that the GOP is in big trouble. You can watch the interview below:
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