The Republican Party’s claim to upholding family values has not held up to be true in any way, shape, or form. To use Mr. Trump as an example, he has been married three times and cheated on his wives numerous times including with a pornographic film star, not to also mention that several women claim to have been sexually assaulted by him. Trump is also blatantly racist, which has been quite evident from his comments and policy making.
What is more troubling is that he depends on conservative Evangelical Christians for votes while being the type of person whose behavior is anything but Christian. Mr. Trump has truly corrupted the Republican party in every way imaginable and now, some GOP politicians are finally starting to see through all of the hogwash and hypocrisy of their own party.
Richard Painter, who was previously the White House Chief Ethics Counsel under former President George W. Bush, has now decided he is going to run for U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Painter is running for the seat that was vacated by Al Franken (MN).
According to Chauncey Devega from Salon:
‘I recently spoke with him about how and why his former party went so wrong, Trump’s embrace of authoritarianism and threat to democracy, why he decided to run for office as a Democrat, and the mistakes the Democratic Party must avoid in order to win a House majority in 2018 and then eject Donald Trump from the White House in 2020.’
When Painter was asked about his loyalty to Vladimir Putin and his too-close relationship to Kim Jong Un, he responded with:
‘It’s the same strongman mentality. To have a president who shares such beliefs is very dangerous for the United States in the long-term. He may be able to work a peace deal with North Korea more effectively than some other leader. More power to him, but he talks and acts in a way that’s very dangerous to the United States. I think it’s reached a point where the House and Senate need to convene hearings in the Judiciary Committees to determine if Trump is abusing his power or conducting himself in a way that is in accordance with the Constitution.’
Painter also voiced his feelings that Russia certainly may have helped Trump win the election as well as the James Comey investigation of former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He reiterated that there was no evidence of crimes committed by Hillary. He said:
‘That letter to Congress, that whole Clinton email investigation was very badly handled.’
Painter went on to say:
‘Everything Comey did helped Trump. I don’t know if Comey was motivated politically. I think Comey was probably just trying to cover his own ass. He thought that Hillary was going to win, and therefore he and his team bent over backwards to appear to be impartial. But being impartial doesn’t mean letting a so-called criminal investigation proceed that should have been long over.’
‘You are a prominent, lifelong Republican who is now running for the Senate as a Democrat. How did that happen?’
‘I decided there’s only so much I could do to keep going after this. At a certain point, I had to try to do something.’
In addition, Painter shared his criticism for Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan who both have sided with Trump in spite of what’s in the best interest of the country. He talked about Fox News being a right-wing propaganda machine. Painter also discussed how Trump is truly corrupt and his only argument to justify himself has been “Look at Clinton!”
Painter feels that people need to really listen to Trump’s message. He said:
‘I would say “Listen to the way that Trump is talking like a dictator. You can bet he would do it, and you are going to be in a boatload of trouble.”‘
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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