Conservative columnist: GOP has become ‘the caricature the left always said it was’

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Reposted with permission from The Hill

A conservative columnist criticized the Republican Party and warned that is has become the “party of old white men.”

The GOP “has become the caricature the left always said it was — the party of old white men,” Jennifer Rubin, the author of The Washington Post’s “Right Turn” blog, said during Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.

“And that has become more so in the age of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump asking Arab nations to replace US military in Syria after defeat of ISIS: report Columbia presses on with scholarship program for displaced Syrians despite Trump travel ban Dershowitz confronts Hannity: ‘You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen’ MORE when he is actively courting and stoking white resentment.”

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Rubin said those were her thoughts after she saw a picture last week of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFeehery: Don’t call the game before it’s over Politicians, groups step up tax law messaging for Tax Day Top Ways and Means Republican staffer joining lobbying firm MORE (R-Wis.) and the GOP congressional leadership during a dinner at the White House.

Rubin also warned during the interview that the way Trump uses identity politics is “a dead end for the party.”

“It’s a dead end because it’s immoral and anti-American to base an entire political movement on one racial group and it’s a dead end because that’s not America and [what America] is becoming,” she said.

She told Politico that Republicans have “permanently eliminated themselves from credibility to govern.”

“You can’t be willing to sacrifice core American values for the sake of a tax cut and be deemed to be worthy of trust going forward,” she said.

Rubin has often been a harsh critic of Trump, in the past referring to the president as an “arrogant fool” and a “flat-out racist.”

In May 2016, she published a piece addressed to the Republican Party, saying “Dear GOP: I’m just not that into you.” 

During the Politico interview, Rubin also took aim at the president, saying he is “threatening thermonuclear war.”

“I have often observed that if you had the Trump administration without Trump, they would be doing a lot of sane things,” she said.