Former GOP Rep.: 'We Might Be Better Off as a Republic' If Dems Retake the House in 2018

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2017

"[McConnell and Boehner] still haven't figured it out, and now it's real life consequences and potentially unsafe consequences", Jolly said.

One of the issues, Jolly said, is that the Republican Congress hasn't been doing anything to check Trump's power. "So I'll be honest with you: Personally, as a Republican, in the past few weeks I've wondered, 'Is the Republic safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018?'"

The former Washington lobbyist who parlayed his political connections into a seat representing Florida's 13th congressional district said he recently spoke with a top Republican in Washington, who agreed with him.

"I raised that issue with the leading Republican in D.C. last week and the remarkable thing is he had been thinking exactly the same thing", Jolly added.

"There is no discernible Republican ideological agenda that is worth fighting for right now", Jolly said. "Democrats could [be a check], and we might be better off as a republic if they take the House in 2018". "This is a president that needs a greater check on his power than Republicans in Congress have offered".

His comments came hours after President Trump during a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children's health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) insisted the two have a good relationship, despite Trump's attacks against McConnell. "But listen, the Republican party never really recovered and found their footing from the emergence of the Tea Party, from the emergence of the likes of Sarah Palin, that has now manifested in the likes of Steve Bannon and Donald Trump".

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