A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party

Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore.


He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee’s launch of a site called “Lyin’ Comey,” after President Donald Trump’s attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast “Start Here.”

“The Republican party has left me, and many others,” Comey said, explaining his abandonment. “I just think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it.”

Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has “probably been over the Trump presidency” and his followers.

“These people don’t represent anything I believe in,” he said of the GOP.

According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party.

“I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump’s values,” Comey explained. “It doesn’t reflect values at all. It’s transactional, it’s ego-driven, it’s in service to his ego. And it’s, I think, consoling itself that we’re going to achieve important policy goals — a tax cut or something.”

The Republican Party is expected to lose seats in the upcoming midterm elections. Comey marks one more voter they’ve lost.

Listen to the podcast here.

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