This has become a cult. It's no longer a political party. It's a cult. It's the kind of a cult that when the leader of the cult does anything, no matter what it is, or how awful it is, they voted. — Former Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma
This has become a cult. It's no longer a political party. It's a cult. It's the kind of a cult that when the leader of the cult does anything, no matter what it is, or how awful it is, they voted. — Former Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma
Former Rep. Mickey Edwards says he's leaving the GOP because it has 'become a cult' under Trump: 'It's no longer a political party'
  • Former Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, known as a stalwart conservative during his days on Capitol Hill, said on Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party because it has become a "cult" under President Donald Trump.
  • In an interview with KFOR-TV, the Oklahoma City-based NBC affiliate, Edwards decried Republicans who backed Trump's months long effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win, even after the deadly Capitol riots that claimed five lives.
  • "This has become a cult," he said. "It's no longer a political party. It's a cult. It's the kind of a cult that when the leader of the cult does anything, no matter what it is, or how awful it is, they voted," he said.
"There is no Republican Party anymore that has values, principles, morals, anything," he told KFOR-TV. "We thought taxes could be too high and harmful, we thought regulation could be too much and harmful, we should have a strong military – I agreed with all of that. I still agree with that."

... He added: "They voted to question the election results even after people came into the Capitol, tried to kill them and killed a police officer who was trying to protect them."

... "You've got the Josh Hawleys, and the Ted Cruzes and the James Lankfords, and these people who are letting their personal ambition, and fear of the voters, they want to inherit those voters, and it's leading them to real dark paths," he said. "I don't know what the future is, but for me it's outside of the Republican Party."