GOP Operative: McConnell and Ryan “Will Carry This Shame Through History”

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In a stunning rebuke of today’s Republican party, a now former Republican operative has condemned the “feckless cowards” leading the GOP and has publicly aligned himself with Democrats.

Steve Schmidt—who famously helmed John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign—posted his stunning remarks on Twitter on Wednesday. A long-time strategist for Republican campaigns, Schmidt excoriated the GOP and its leadership for enabling Donald Trump and tacitly supporting his inhumane family separation policy:

[Reagan] would be ashamed of McConnell and Ryan and all the rest while this corrupt government establishes internment camps for babies. Everyone of these complicit leaders will carry this shame through history. There legacies will be ones of well earned ignominy. They have disgraced their country and brought dishonor to the Party of Lincoln. (sic)

As the GOP has fallen for Trump’s personality cult, there has been a slow trickle of politicians and members leaving the party. Others, including Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, have strongly condemned Trump and his enablers, though they . Schmidt’s comments rank among the strongest, most biting to date from a conservative associated with the Republican party.

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