— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 16, 2017
My list of Republican criticisms of President (in a few cases candidate) Trump just got a bit longer. David Weigel at the Washington Post has some zingers from members of the “Meeting of the Concerned”:
“Donald Trump is reshaping the heart of the GOP into something that is very dark and very diseased,” said [Rep. Bob] Inglis [R-SC]. “My nightmare scenario is a Republican Party that loses its soul. It’s one thing to lose an election. It’s another to lose your soul.”
“At some point, the Trump train’s going to come to a glorious wreck,” said [Rep. David] Jolly [R-FL], a two-term congressman and longtime Hill staffer who was narrowly defeated in 2016. “Who’s going to be there to pick up the pieces? I don’t think it’ll be the people who enabled him.”
Jerry Taylor, a co-founder of the libertarian Niskanen Center, said that Republicans “risked going into the history books as the party of treason” if they didn’t take action on Mueller. “Some of us feel that impeachable offenses have already been committed, and some of us are not sure,” Taylor said.
That last may not count: the article refers to Taylor as a libertarian, and I haven’t found anything that says he’s a Republican.
The group’s public statement includes this, with which I couldn’t agree more:
We would regard dismissal of the special counsel, or pardons issued preemptively to anyone targeted by his investigation, as a grave abuse of power that justifies initiation of impeachment proceedings.
Donald Trump promised to be a force for bipartisanship, and he has kept that promise. He has aligned me with people with whom I never thought I’d find common ground, people like Bob Inglis (“very dark and very diseased“), John Kasich (“just pathetic“), John Danforth (“hateful man“), John McCain (“That’s how dictators get started“), Lindsey fucking Graham (“completely unhinged“), and Rex Tillerson (“fucking moron“). I’m not sure that’s what Trump had in mind when he promised to be a “great unifier,” but I have no doubt that he’ll claim it as a win.