According to a new book, former Republican senator from Wyoming Alan Simpson had harsh words for former President Donald Trump and his impact on American democracy.
From 1985 until the end of his term in the Senate, Simpson served as Republican whip under Bob Dole’s leadership. He served in the Senate from 1979 to 1997. Mark Leibovich, a staff writer for The Atlantic, has written a new book about Trump, Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission, in which he makes new comments about the 90-year-old.
For Simpson, Trump was a “animal” that was “poisoning democracy” in the United States and turning the Republican Party into a “cult,” according to Insider. It’s also clear that he won’t be endorsing him for president in 2024 despite having voted for him in 2016 and not doing so this time around.
We no longer discuss “common sense or politics” in my party, Simpson is quoted as saying in the book. “In fact, this is no longer a Republican Party. A cult, indeed.”
Outside of the new quote Simpson has taken a stance against the Trump wing of the Republican Party. This year’s congressional midterm elections will feature a primary opponent backed by Trump who is one of the most vocal GOP critics of the president, and he recently appeared in an ad for Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney. A friend of her father, Dick Cheney, Simpson endorsed her in the 2016 election in which she was first elected to office.
On the heels of her opposition to Trump, Cheney was censured by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and unrecognized as a member of the Wyoming Republican Party. Simpson has also spoken out in defense of Cheney.
It’s obvious to many Americans: This is a wrecking ball for democracy, Simpson told NBC News in a June interview. “She’s not after Trump or hating Trump,” Simpson said. When it comes to the Constitution and the rule of law, “this guy is so self-absorbed that he would defy them all because of his own arrogance.”
In addition, Simpson has a long history of working with Democratic presidents and being recognized by them. Barack Obama named him co-chair of the Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission in 2010. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Joe Biden on July 1.
The Trump campaign has been contacted by Newsweek for comment.
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