The conservative group FreedomWorks has called on Republican lawmakers to condemn President Donald Trump’s “unconscionable and inexcusable” remarks about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct, and called on the Republican Party to “fight” him.
The group issued a statement on Monday that called on GOP lawmakers to “end the Trump era of obstruction and to fight for true reform of the corrupt system of politics.”
“The American people have a right to know the truth, and Trump should not be allowed to silence them,” FreedomWorks president Chris Ruddy said.
“It is unacceptable that the president would say anything that could be construed as an admission of guilt, or that he did not know or could not have known about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
This is not a time for a distraction.
This moment is about what’s right for our nation.”
Ruddy also said that Trump’s actions were “unacceptable,” and he called for a “political reckoning” of Trump’s conduct.
“This president has made clear that his actions will not be tolerated,” he said.
“He has repeatedly refused to accept responsibility for his conduct, and he is now engaging in a political debate that threatens our democracy and the rule of law.”
Rucker also said the Trump administration is in danger of “falling into the trap of allowing Trump to do what he has always done: obstruct justice.”
“It is time to call out this president’s obstruction of justice and his refusal to take responsibility for the harm he has done,” he added.
FreedomWorks’ statement came a day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called on Republicans to join a “fightback” against Trump.
“The Republican Party must stand up for our values, our country and our party’s principles,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“I’m asking my colleagues to join me in supporting a ‘fightback’ against the Trump agenda.
This fightback will be the best way to prevent Trump from implementing his reckless agenda.”
McCarthy and Rep. Kevin Brady (R) of Texas have been among the most vocal conservatives in the party against Trump, who has used his office to defend himself and his administration.
In a series of tweets Sunday, Trump called Rep. Devin Nunes (R, Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, a “liar” and said the California Republican was being “dishonest” by refusing to provide documents related to the investigation into his presidential campaign.
The president’s latest attacks on Nunes came a week after the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), told reporters that he would not cooperate with the president’s request to hold a special congressional hearing on Trump’s campaign.
In response, Trump tweeted, “I would suggest you are all liars.
I have no confidence in you.
Get out of my office.”
The president has also lashed out at Democratic senators, who he has called “losers” who should resign because of their opposition to his policies.
He has also suggested that the investigation should be shut down and questioned by Congress.