Prominent Conservative Columnist: ‘Intellectually Bereft’ GOP Has Become ‘Mean Spirited, Nasty, and Cruel’


Jennifer Rubin, a prominent conservative columnist for the Washington Post, explained on MSNBC Monday that the values that attracted her to the GOP have vanished, leaving behind a “mean spirited, nasty, and cruel” Republican party.

The segment came courtesy of Tom Nichols, the U.S. Naval War College professor and lifelong Republican who announced his departure from the Republican party on Sunday in an essay for The Atlantic, citing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation as the last straw.

“The Kavanaugh confirmation fight revealed the GOP to be the party of situational ethics and moral relativism in the name of winning at all costs,” he wrote.

Rubin noted on MSNBC that she has long held the GOP is “not redeemable” under President Donald Trump.

“The things that attracted Tom and I to the Republican Party 20, 30 years ago — free trade, robust immigration, a values based leadership in the world, respect for facts, a certain dignity, a certain humility, a certain style of governance — is completely gone in the Republican Party,” she said.

“In fact, they attack all of those things that I just outlined,” said the hardline center-right commentator. “So for us to stick around in a party, which was not only intellectually bereft, but… has kind of become mean spirited, nasty, and cruel, quite frankly, in the way they behave towards victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, really is not a party I want to have anything to do with.”

“The question for people like Tom and I, is where do we go?” she said. “That’s going to be the challenge for us, the challenge for the parties and maybe a third party candidate in 2020.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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