At a CNN town hall Wednesday night, former FBI director James Comey talked about how Republicans will have to rationalize their support for Trump to their grandchildren who will ask "did you trade a tax cut for the rule of law?"
"What I hope they'll do is ask themselves, Republicans -- so what will I tell my grandchildren? When they ask me, so what did you do? Did you trade a tax cut for the rule of law? For equal protection of the laws for the truth? Really, grandpa?" Comey said
ROBERT COLTER, LAW STUDENT, WILLIAM & MARY: Hi. So, I’m a Californian, a Mexican and a Republican. And my friends often urge me to switch parties. And sometimes, I’ve been tempted but I won't, because to me, it's still the party of Lincoln, of Ike, of George H.W. Bush, his son and my family.
That being said, I think the way Trump -- I think his demeanor has been offensive to Republican norms and civil discourse.
What first attracted you to the Republican Party? And what do you think is a positive message we could rally around today?
COMEY: I'll take the second part first. I don't know, which is why I don't -- I’m not a Republican. I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed by the way the Republican Party has abandoned one of the two things that led me to consider myself a Republican in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was a president.
I was attracted by the notion that character matters and values matter most of all. That that's where you start in evaluating a person, an entity, a country. What are their values? That's non-negotiable. And second, strong national defense, which I’m still passionate about.
And so, my question for the Republicans is, so where it is that? Where is that commitment to character and values?
And if people convinced themselves, well, we'll trade it temporarily for a tax cut or a Supreme Court justice -- as I say in the book, that's a fool’s bargain because the values are all that you have. There are always be another Supreme Court justice, always another tax bill. You lose this, exactly what are you?
And so, what I hope they'll do is ask themselves, Republicans -- so what will I tell my grandchildren? When they ask me, so what did you do? Did you trade a tax cut for the rule of law? For equal protection of the laws for the truth? Really, grandpa?
And so, I hope they’ll ask themselves that question and realize that they have to look above those policy issues and think about what matters most in this country.
COOPER: You're talking about Republicans on Capitol Hill. When you’re writing about, you're about talking Paul Ryan. You’re talking about --
COMEY: I’m talking Republicans on Capitol Hill, talking about Republicans, people who identify themselves as Republicans have to ask that grandchild question of themselves.
COOPER: And you think they're failing that question?