I've been in Republican politics for 40 years professionally — so, just after Watergate — and I will tell you this has been the worst period of the entire time. — Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma
I've been in Republican politics for 40 years professionally — so, just after Watergate — and I will tell you this has been the worst period of the entire time. — Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma
The Republican Party is in disarray post-Trump and faces a crisis bigger than after Watergate, says veteran GOP Congressman
  • Veteran GOP congressman Tom Cole warned that the Republican Party faces a worse crisis than it did after Watergate.
  • A rift has opened between GOP lawmakers who want Trump's legacy purged and lawmakers and grassroots supporters who remain steadfastly loyal.
  • The GOP was able to bounce back from the scandal that followed the 1970s Watergate scandal quickly, but experts say the problems it faces now are in some ways deeper.
"I've been in Republican politics for 40 years professionally — so, just after Watergate — and I will tell you this has been the worst period of the entire time," Cole told the Times.

His remarks come amid chaos in the GOP following Trump's departure from office.

A rift has between lawmakers who want to distance the party from Donald Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot and his bid to subvert the election and a group who've remained steadfastly loyal to the former president.

... But in the past week, both have shifted their stance, with polls showing the former president remains hugely popular with the party's grassroots supporters despite his role in inciting the riot.


... The fallout from the Watergate break-in in 1972 is widely regarded as the biggest political scandal in recent US history, with Republican President Richard Nixon resigning in 1974 when his role in the crime was exposed.

The party was able to bounce back fairly quickly from the Nixon scandals, with Gerald Ford taking over as president for the remainder of Nixon's term and the party winning back power in 1980 after Democrat Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency.

Writing in New York magazine, political analyst Ed Kilgore identified several key differences that would make it more difficult for the GOP to bounce back from Trump's scandals than from Nixon's, including his enduring popularity and a lack of alternative leaders.
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