Lifelong GOP Mayor Tore Into The Republican Party Over Trump’s “Revenge Tour”: “Sad State Of Affairs”

He didn't hold back.

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An Ohio Republican mayor tore into his party over what’s described as Donald Trump’s ‘revenge tour,” in which the former president seeks to unload on a Republican lawmaker that voted for his impeachment. CNN reports that “Trump on Saturday will kick off his revenge tour against Republicans who defied him in the aftermath of the 2020 election and January 6 insurrection, hoping to convince his supporters to fire Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez.” And that sounds like the former president. Trump is a very petty and vindictive man.

The outlet noted that “the effort to oust the Republicans who crossed him will be one of the biggest tests of Trump’s post-presidential power.”

“Trump’s trip to Northeast Ohio is expressly meant to remind voters in the area of Gonzalez’s vote to impeach the Republican president earlier this year and boost Max Miller, a former Trump aide who is challenging the congressman in the district’s Republican primary next year,” the report continues.

Orrville, Ohio Mayor Dave Handwerk, 68, who describes himself as a lifelong Republican, said that his party had become a “sad state of affairs.”

“If the Republican Party means you have to be a Trump supporter, I don’t know what that means for me anymore,” Handwerk said. “For me, it just means I don’t know where the Republican Party is going anymore.”

“Gonzalez has also responded to the blowback by raising questions about his own party and warning members about too much Trump loyalty,” CNN reports.

“The reality inside our party is people do feel differently about President Trump,” Gonzalez said in May. “If we are going to win elections going forward, retake the House, retake the Senate, retake the White House, there has to be room for both. And if we are going to excommunicate people who feel differently…I think it is a losing strategy for a party.”

Loyalty to Donald J. Trump is a one-way street. And, shockingly, a party is willing to hitch itself to a twice-impeached one-term president that could be indicted. Trump has been outed as a criminal, a cheat, and a liar, and Republicans are somehow OK with that.

You can read the full report here.

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