Michael Wood, a Republican whose anti-Trump message resulted in a crushing defeat for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives over the weekend, said the party is compromising its values by spreading the former president’s falsehoods.
“It seems that in many ways we have passed through a mirror, and those of us in the party who are against insurrection and lies are becoming fringe candidates. It’s a sad comment about the match “, Wood told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day”, and added that he is concerned about the leadership of the Republican Party.
Wood, who received about 3% of the votes, has called on Republicans to reject the former president and stop pushing conspiracy theories like the theft of the 2020 election and QAnon.
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Wood, who called himself a “Republican who was once proud”, told CNN’s Berman that elected officials in leadership positions should “act as leaders”. He also said the Republican Party “is not up to the task” with the exception of Kinzinger, Wyoming House Republican No. 3 Liz Cheney and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, all of whom have parted ways. of Trump.
“If you run for office and are elected to Congress, you have to be willing to lose it, you know, or else you won’t be able to get the job done. I think a lot of people have their egos and all their personalities tied to being a member of Congress. And all the benefits that come with it. I think they must be willing to walk away from it. ” dijo Wood a CNN.