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Friedman: GOP Became a "Political Brothel" That Rented Itself Out To Anyone Who Could Excite The Base

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"New York Times" columnist Thomas Friedman remarked the Republican party has become a "political brothel" in an appearance on Tuesday's broadcast of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

"[The Republican party] really became a political brothel that rented itself out by the night to anyone who could energize its base," Friedman said. "That's really what they were doing. Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, then Trump, but in the case of Trump, he took over the whole brothel."


ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: You know, it's incredible, because four years ago, when they were all running against Trump, you know, they all spoke about what he would do to conservatism, what he would do to the Republican Party, they saw the writing on the wall. And yet, once he beat them, and they wanted to maintain power, and as you've pointed out, have their free parking space at the airport, they went along with it.

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, "THE NEW YORK TIMES": Yes, I mean, again, I think what history will talk about is just the supine nature of that party.

Let's be honest, Anderson. The Republican Party has lost its way for a long time. They just had a convention, the Republican Convention before the election, where they had no platform. They said their platform is whatever their dear leader wants it to be. And of course, their dear leader just wanted to be whatever served him. That's insane.

How could a party do that? I mean, really be honest. His party is actually -- it really became a political brothel that rented itself out by the night to ever could energize its base. That's really what they were doing. Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, then Trump, but in the case of Trump, he took over the whole brothel.
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