On Friday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Stuart Stevens, a former Republican strategist who advised Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, proclaimed that the only way to defeat the anti-democracy forces in the GOP is to destroy them at the ballot box — starting with Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
"It's a sad reality of where the Republican Party is right now," said Stevens. "It's a difficult place for honorable men and women to serve and be able to keep their conscience. Right now, to rise in the Republican Party, you have to be a Trump Republican. And you look at the Ohio Senate race where you have Josh Mandel and J.D. Vance, they each wake up saying, 'What can I say that's more extreme and crazy?' It's just a race to the bottom. That's where the Republican Party is now."
"And Stuart, what do you think will be the best change agent?" asked host Chris Cuomo.
"The best change agent is to beat these Trump people," said Stevens. "You have to beat people like Glenn Youngkin, who was Donald Trump's handpicked candidate, who said one of the major reasons he was running was to pursue the Trump agenda. You can't have it both ways. Look, the Republican Party does not believe that Joe Biden is a legal president. They don't think we live in a democracy. And how do you negotiate with that? How do you meet that halfway? You can't. You just have to beat these people. You have to have more days like January 5th in Georgia. And until you do that, it's going to be a struggle."
"Basically it's not between two political parties anymore," added Stevens. "It's between one party that's pro-democracy, that's the Democratic Party, and one party that is pro-autocracy, and that's the Republican Party. I hope the Virginia governor race is a good sign of how they're going to be able to defeat that."
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