Ex-GOP Rep. David Jolly: ‘There is No Moderate Wing of the Republican Party’
Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) blasted the Republican Party for their support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Bill Maher began the conversation by talking the 2018 midterms and how the enthusiasm gap has shrunk between Democrats and Republicans and wondered why the Kavanaugh “circus” had such an impact.
Soledad O’Brien said it was a “brilliant” move by Republicans to depict Kavanaugh as an “aggrieved father” and shift away from arguments that make him unsuited for the Supreme Court. However, the harshest criticisms of the Republican Party came from the ex-Republican congressman.
Jolly stressed that the spike in enthusiasm among Republicans is strictly “among Republicans” and not independents who ultimately decide elections.
“You know what they learned today?” Jolly asked of independents. “There is no moderate wing of the Republican Party. That was the message they learned today.”
Then he singled out individual senators.
“Susan Collins is not a moderate. Bob Corker is not a maverick. And Jeff Flake is not going to be the next president of the United States,” Jolly told Maher. “There is no moderate wing of the Republican Party. And so Republicans might be more excited about Kavanaugh… But the independents are not going to trend Republican after this.”
Watch the clip above, via HBO.
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