Why the Republican Party won't break ranks with President Trump

Conservative principles have been shoved aside

Anna Maria Tremonti, host of The Current on CBC Radio, interviewed Adi Sathi, former vice chair of the Republican Party in Michigan, and Right Wisconsin Editor Charlie Sykes about the bond between the Republican Party and President Donald Trump. Sathi defended Trump and dismissed the scandals. Afterwards, Sykes responded to Sathi's comments, saying that they're typical of the "cult of personality."

 

From the CBC's summary of the interview:

"What you just heard there is the mindless loyalty that you're seeing among some ranks of Republicans who have decided to create this alternative reality in which Donald Trump can do no wrong and are committed to defending —basically writing out a blank cheque — defending things that are, I would say, indefensible." 

But Sykes tells Tremonti he does think there are Republicans who understand the constitutional issues and grave political consequences at stake.

"However you're not going to see congressional Republicans break with President Trump until the Republican base moves. And the Republican base … deeply emotionally invested in this presidency and they will tell themselves what they need to tell themselves in order to stay loyal."

As a conservative, Sykes says it's difficult to watch the GOP putting the party ahead of the country.

"Conservative principles have basically been pushed aside in order to serve this particular individual agenda," he says.

"That's really part of the tragedy of American politics right now."

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