DC conservative says U.S. would be “better off as a republic” if Democrats win House


Ex-GOP congressman David Jolly said in an interview with MSNBC Monday night that he feels the country would be better off as a republic if the Democrats win back the House in 2018.

“I personally, as a Republican, in the past few weeks, wondered: ‘Is the republic safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018?” Jolly said to host Lawrence O’Donnell. “I raised that issue with the leading Republican in D.C. last week and the remarkable thing is, he was thinking exactly the same thing. This is a president that needs a greater check on his power than Republicans in Congress have offered.”

When asked to clarify what he said, Jolly noted he doesn’t feel the Republican-controlled Congress has done enough to check President Trump’s power.

“We do know that we have a president who very well might put the nation at risk and this Republican Congress has done nothing to check his power,” Jolly said in response. “Democrats could. And we might be better off as a republic if they take the House in 2018.”

Jolly implied that his party was lost in the Tea Party movement of 2010, which he says has manifested itself in “the likes of Steve Bannon and Donald Trump.” He said the difference now is that President Trump is “unstable” and, on issues of national security, “risky.”

Democrats need to win 24 seats to regain control of the House and currently hold a 14-point lead in early polling of a generic House ballot.

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