On Saturday, in the wake of nearly a week of coverage of President Donald Trump lying about the path of Hurricane Dorian and commandeering federal agencies to try to make his lie true, former Republican strategist Rick Wilson told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that his erstwhile party is no more — and that what’s left of the GOP will be destroyed along with the president.
“It’s funny, Joy, I have a new piece this morning in The Daily Beast and basically my argument is, Trump is entering the ‘eccentric dictator‘ phase of his presidency,” said Wilson. “And that always requires a group of sycophants, a group of people who absolutely know better but for their own political power, own position, their own wealth, own ability to influence the discussion, they’re going to lie, they’re going to say, ‘Of course the sky is bright purple today, Mr. President. Of course the hurricane was steaming toward Birmingham. You’re so right, sir.'”
“They wink and nod and tell reporters behind the scenes, they go off the record and tell reporters he’s out of his mind, but on the public-facing side, they violate their oath to the Constitution and to the office, that they’re going to uphold this country and protect this country and they support Donald Trump,” continued Wilson. “There is a culture and a cult around Donald Trump that loves the lie. Even if they know it’s a lie, they love it, and they push it, and it’s become an amusement for them.”
“The question, then, is the base of the party that’s being fed this and believes it and part of the cult of personality, with the religious cult, it’s difficult to bring people out of it if they don’t want to come out of it themselves,” Reid pressed him. “Is there a way to break reality into the reality of the base of the Republican Party at this point, or are they just gone?”
“It’s over, Joy,” said Wilson. “There is no Republican Party. It’s the Trump party now, and they are awaiting the day the great leader tells them to drink the Kool-Aid so they can rise up to the comet. It’s over. The party’s dead. It’s Trump’s party. It will go down and die with him.”
‘They’re crushing us’: GOP House leaders in panic over Democratic fundraising
On Tuesday, Politico's Jake Sherman reported that House GOP leadership expressed serious alarm about their prospects for reclaiming the majority in a closed-door strategy meeting at the Capitol Hill Club, citing disastrous fundraising numbers at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
"They're kicking our ass," said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who noted that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised them by $40 million, and several individual Democratic House challengers are outraising GOP incumbents — not only dimming their hopes of taking back the House, but raising the possibility they could lose even more seats.
Trump-loving GOP candidate faces more trouble as his Ukraine ranting provokes a defamation suit
A pro-Trump aspiring politician who was named in documents released by an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani is being sued by a Dutch Trump supporter for defamation, the Hartford Courant reports.
Robert F. Hyde reportedly made the alleged defamatory comments during an interview with a local news station, where he discussed the documents alleging he was involved in some sort of surveillance operation of Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. WhatsApp messages appeared to show that Hyde was sending updates on Yovanovitch's whereabouts to Lev Parnas, a former associate of Giuliani who is now under indictment for campaign finance violations.
BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell
The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.
All of the statements flagged by Bump came before this week's bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book will reportedly say the president directly linked Ukraine aid to the Biden investigation.