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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – After a life of dedication to the Grand Old Party, former Oklahoma congressman Mickey Edwards has said he no longer sees himself as a Republican.
“Here we go. I mean there is no more Republican Party that has values, principles, morals, whatever,” Edwards said Thursday.
These are harsh words from a man who signed up as a Republican as soon as he was cleared. As a young man, Congressman Edwards idolized Republican leaders.
“We thought taxes could be too high and damaging, we thought regulation could be too heavy and damaging, we should have a strong army – I was okay with all of that,” Edwards said. “It’s true today. I still agree with that.
From 1977 to 1993, he served in the United States House of Representatives, proud to lead his party.
But when Donald Trump introduced himself, he expressed his dismay by writing a letter saying Trump was unfit for office. The letter was signed by 30 former Republican members of Congress.
Congressional objections to the November 2020 presidential election were the tipping point. Edwards said he couldn’t understand how, even after Republican governors and lawmakers backing Trump confirmed it was a fair election, members of Congress continued to question it.
“Members of Congress knew better. They knew better. Lankford knew better. Members of the house delegation knew better, ”said Edwards. “They knew the results, they had the information. They saw it was Republican Trump supporters across the country saying, “No, we’ve lost.”
He pointed out that the Oklahoma congressional delegation opposed the Electoral College vote count even after Trump supporters attacked the Capitol.
“It has become a cult. It is no longer a political party. It is a cult. It’s the kind of cult where when the cult leader does something, no matter what it is or how horrible it is, they vote, ”Edwards said. “They voted to question the election results even after people entered the Capitol, tried to kill them and killed a policeman who was trying to protect them. And they did.
He chose to quit the party and has now registered as an independent.
Edwards said he hopes his leaders will soon find the courage to do the right thing.
“You’ve got the Josh Hawleys, the Ted Cruze, and the James Lankfords, and these people who leave their personal ambition and fear of voters behind, they want to inherit these voters, and that’s leading them down some real dark paths. So, I don’t know what the future is, ”Edwards said,“ but for me it’s outside the Republican Party. “
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