GOP support for Trump's attack on American democracy: I keep comparing it somewhat to Jonestown. They've all drunk the Kool-Aid. It just hasn't killed them yet. — Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman
GOP support for Trump's attack on American democracy: I keep comparing it somewhat to Jonestown. They've all drunk the Kool-Aid. It just hasn't killed them yet. — Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Former GOP New Jersey Governor compares Trump supporters to the Jonestown doomsday cult, says they've 'drunk the Kool-Aid'
  • Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman has criticized Republicans who have backed President Trump's bid to overturn the election.
  • "I keep comparing it somewhat to Jonestown," Whitman told The New York Times. "They've all drunk the Kool Aid. It just hasn't killed them yet."
  • The comments are some of the most scathing yet by a senior Republican about Trump's bid to overturn the election, and the refusal of the GOP to stand up to him.
Whitman was drawing parallels between Trump supporters and followers of cult leader Jim Jones, who in the late 1970s created a commune in Guyana, Latin America, dubbed "Jonestown." There, 900 members of the cult killed themselves in a mass suicide pact in 1978, drinking Kool-Aid laced with poison.

Whitman, a moderate Republican, is a prominent GOP critic of Trump, and declared that she was backing Joe Biden for president in a speech to the DNC conference in August.