Former Republican consultant Carlos Curbelo, who served because the U.S. consultant for Florida’s twenty sixth congressional district from 2015 to 2019, has criticized his occasion for pushing former president Donald Trump’s fictions in regards to the elections, saying that his colleagues have develop into “engulfed in lies and concern.”

“Right here we solely have two [political parties] and to ensure that one to have the ability to maintain the opposite accountable, it must be viable. It has to have credibility. With a majority of the voters within the nation, it must be an inexpensive selection for most individuals,” Curbelo mentioned in remarks as a part of the nonpartisan debate sequence IntelligenceSquared U.S. “And the issue we’ve right now in our democracy is that the Republican Celebration is dropping that place. Why? As a result of it has misplaced its approach. As a result of it’s a celebration engulfed in lies and in concern.”

Curbelo’s feedback come because the Republican Celebration continues to wrestle with their loyalty to Trump even after he left workplace. Trump was impeached for inciting an rebellion in opposition to Congress after he ordered his supporters to march on the Capitol and disrupt the electoral certification of President Joe Biden’s win. 5 individuals had been killed within the storming of the Capitol, together with a police officer who later died of his accidents. The Senate later acquitted him of the cost after lawmakers did not safe the two-thirds majority required to convict.

“Most congressional Republicans will acknowledge this privately,” Curbelo mentioned. “And once more, that’s the issue, that folks aren’t telling the digicam what they’re telling their mates. Why? As a result of Donald Trump transformed the Republican Celebration into a private membership to advance his pursuits and even to query or to problem free and truthful election outcomes. And in doing so, incited a riot that resulted within the defiling of one of many best constructions within the historical past of democratic authorities and within the loss of life of 5 individuals.”

“If we’re going to have an sincere dialog in regards to the Republican Celebration, we’ve to confront this disaster, this most cancers that’s stopping a number of Republicans, not all, from telling individuals the reality, from being sincere with the voters, and from serving with decency,” he concluded.

You possibly can hearken to his remarks within the video beneath.

Trump has been dwelling at his Mar-a-Lago Florida property since leaving workplace and has reportedly been contemplating a run in 2024, a transfer that might additional fracture the Republican Celebration. He has continued to claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent. There is no such thing as a proof that the election was compromised.