Conservative columnist Max Boot on Monday expounded on his decision to leave the GOP — and said it had a lot to do with the party’s pivot to “white nationalism” under Donald Trump.
“It’s utterly transformed from what it was when I was growing up in the 1980s,” Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I can’t recognize this Republican Party, which is why I can’t be a part of it.”
The GOP is now “a cult of personality built around Donald Trump,” Boot added — a move that’s made the party more interested in “white nationalism,” “racism,” and “xenophobia” than its original values.
The commentator added that that new party line is visible in the way Trump “is fearmongering and conspiracy-mongering, trying to pretend that this small number of impoverished Latin American refugees are somehow ‘Middle Eastern terrorists’ who are going to invade America.”
“Most Republicans approve of that,” Boot said.
Indeed, at a Texas rally just before the conservative commentator went live on CNN, Trump boasted that he is a “nationalist” — an admission many believe is a direct reference to the white nationalists who support him.
Watch Boot’s interview with Cooper below, via CNN:
‘Ignorance at the highest level’: Intel Democrat slams Trump for bizarre letter to Turkish president
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, ripped President Donald Trump for his juvenile letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.
"The White House just released the text of the less letter that the president sent to Erdo?an of Turkey, among other things, saying in the aftermath of the earlier decision by the U.S. to pull out troops, saying 'Don't be a tough guy, don't be a fool,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What is your reaction to that?"
"You know, I'll be honest, I saw this online first. I got a copy of the letter," said Quigley. "I actually thought it was a prank, a joke. It couldn't possibly come from the Oval Office. It sounded all of the world like the president of the United States, in some sort of momentary lapse, just dictated angrily whatever was on the top of his head. These are extraordinarily serious issues. And an extraordinarily dangerous part of the world."
Trump blasted for flinging ‘nasty’ insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he suffered a White House ‘meltdown’
President Donald Trump reportedly suffered a meltdown during a Wednesday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.
Trump reportedly lectured and insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
"I would also say one other thing. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker," Schumer told reporters after the meeting ended because Trump was too "shaken."
Biden finally unloads on Trump for smearing his son: ‘Release your tax returns or shut up’
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump for an ongoing attack on his son Hunter.
At a press conference in Ohio, Biden was asked if he had done enough to stop his son from taking a retainer from a company in Ukraine.
But the former vice president insisted that "corruption" in Trump's government should be the immediate focus.
"He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America," Biden charged. "He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America."
Biden then turned to the camera as if he were speaking directly to Trump.