The worst thing is that we have become really kind of a grotesque caricature of what the Republican Party has traditionally been. — Former Sen. John Danforth
The worst thing is that we have become really kind of a grotesque caricature of what the Republican Party has traditionally been. — Former Sen. John Danforth
Former GOP senator dismissed the party as 'a grotesque caricature' of its former self
  • Former Sen. John Danforth said that today's GOP is "a grotesque caricature" of its former self.
  • Danforth expressed that the party is "in decline" in uncompetitive in swaths of the country.
  • He also said that Trump should be convicted in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
"America needs a strong, responsible conservative party," he said. "That has been the Republican Party. It is neither strong, nor responsible, nor conservative today."

He added: "It's losing, I think, its grip on the country as a whole. It's becoming increasingly a regional party. With almost no exceptions, the Northeast now is gone as far as the US Senate is concerned. The West Coast is completely gone."

... Danforth reiterated that the party is "in decline."

"In the last two presidential elections, President Trump lost in 2016 by three million votes," he said. "He lost in 2020 by seven million votes. We're going in the wrong direction."

... The former senator, who served in the upper chamber from 1976 to 1995, said that the party's current messaging has strayed deeply from its roots.

"The worst thing is that we have become really kind of a grotesque caricature of what the Republican Party has traditionally been," he said. "We were founded as the party of the union, of holding the country together. Now we have got on this populist tack, which is very much us against them."

He added: "There are conspiracies out there involving liberals and corporations and big tech. They're picking on you, the American people. You should resent this. You should feel your grievances. We feel them for you. And we're going to continue to create wedges to drive Americans apart."


... Danforth also said that former President Donald Trump should be convicted in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial for "incitement of insurrection" regarding the Capitol riots.

"If this — if what he did doesn't warrant conviction, what does?," he said. "I think anything other than a strong vote of conviction by Republicans is going to be viewed, rightly so, as condoning Trump."
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