Tea Partier Joe Walsh just shredded the Republican “Freedom Caucus” for anointing Trump king

It takes a special effort to stand out as radical within the Republican Party, an organization filled to the brim with science deniers, crooks, misogynists, and cryptofascists, but the Freedom Caucus has managed to carve out a reputation for being fringe even by GOP standards.

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Of all the regressive monsters within the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is by far one of the most egregious, having been previously accused of ignoring rampant sexual abuse when he was a coach at Ohio State. With a moral compass so fundamentally broken as that, it makes perfect sense that he would be such a fervent supporter of the sexual predator currently ensconced in the White House.

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Earlier today, Jordan tried to defend the Freedom Caucus from the fair statement that his group has morphed from a “purity-based conservative” movement into a “protectorate for the president.” Jordan tried to insist that his caucus is about “FREEDOM” and that its purpose is not tied to defending the president. Jordan’s tweet was a transparent lie, all the more pathetic because you can tell that the accurate criticism has burrowed under his skin.

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If these people truly cared about “small government” they’d be up in arms over the president’s constant authoritarian power grabs. Instead, they’ve made it clear they have no real interest beyond keeping their jobs in the Trump-ruled GOP.

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Soon after, former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh responded to Jim. Referring to himself as a “friend & former colleague” he said that the Freedom Caucus has turned into a “Fealty Caucus” for Trump. Since it’s Joe Walsh he still harbors some backward views despite his outspoken criticism of the current president, so he also got a shot in at Obama.  Somewhat mitigatingly, he used it to call attention to the caucus’s staggering hypocrisy.

The truth is that Joe Walsh does not belong in government and we are better off without him, but the same goes for the Republicans who are currently serving and standing by as our democracy is dismantled. At the very least, Walsh should be commended for calling them out.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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