Adam Schiff: Republican Party Has Become A "Cult Of Trump's Personality"


Rep. Adam Schiff told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Friday afternoon that the Republican Party has become a "cult of personality" around President Trump.

ANDREA MITCHELL: If you see such evidence would you proceed with impeachment, even knowing that the Republican Senate would never go along with it by two thirds? Is this a political minefield for Democrats, as Pelosi has privately warned all along, that proceeding with impeachment with the Republicans in the Senate against it sets Democrats up to be roundly attacked by the White House and others.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: Well, I think we have seen a wholesale abdication responsibility by the GOP leadership, by people like Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell who essentially do whatever the president says. And that includes when the president wants to go around the Congress' power of the purse. But it certainly includes issues of malfeasance, corruption within the administration. There’s been little or no appetite to stand up to the president in any meaningful way. And that really has our democracy trembling.

An impeachment proceeding cannot be successful if one party decides they are more loyal to their party or to the person of the president than they are to the Constitution and the country. And that is a real structural problem right now. The GOP has no independence from this president. It has made itself effectively a cult of Trump’s personality. And I think that really does threaten our democratic institutions. And yes, as Democrats we’re going to have to figure out what does that mean in terms of where we go from here that we have a GOP so willing to overlook its constitutional obligations, but -- but regrettably that is where we are.

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