'We are watching a dying political party': ex-GOP lawmaker trashes former colleagues appearing at CPAC (Raw Story link): Appearing on MSNBC early Saturday morning, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) ripped into former colleagues speaking at Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, noting that they -- and the attendees -- are there to pledge their allegiance to former President Donald Trump and not the Republican Party he once belonged to.
"You mentioned, earlier in your show, a guy I served with in Congress, Paul Gosar," Walsh stated. "He missed that Covid-relief bill vote last night because he keynoted a white-nationalist event. Gosar ought to be censured, he ought to be removed from his committees. The Republican Party should, unequivocally, condemn white supremacy, but they won't because this is Donald Trump's party.
"Lindsey, I think it's done," Walsh pronounced. "I think the Republican Party is -- we are watching a dying political party. We're watching a political party die, before our very eyes. This Republican party is like one of those far-right, European parties. I think it's done as a national party. What used to be fringe in the Republican Party, this bigotry and this intolerance, the culture war, as you call it -- it's now the base of the party. It cannot be fixed. It cannot be reformed."
CPAC Stage Compared To Nazi Symbol On Social Media (Forbes link): Comparisons of law makers to fascists and Nazis isn't uncommon these days, but on Saturday the hashtag #Nazi was trending alongside mentions of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where former President Trump is set to speak on Sunday. This time it wasn't Republican lawmakers who were compared to Nazis however, but rather the similarity of the stage to an ancient Norse symbol used by Nazis was noted by thousands of users on Twitter.