WATCH: Ex CIA Agent Blasts ‘Coward Republicans’ For Enabling Racism In America
Appearing on CNN Saturday, former CIA agent and longtime Republican Evan McMullin blasted President Donald Trump and the “coward” GOP for not calling out the white supremacists and racists who killed one protester and injured scores of other in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday morning.
Commenting on the press conference by Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the wake of the tragedy, McMullin said:
“What we just saw is the kind of leadership that America has been waiting for, for the last six or seven months, and I’ve got to tell you, it was refreshing to hear it. We should hear more of it from Washington, D.C..”
“Now I’ve got to tell you another thing about this situation,” he continued. “I’ve spent time in Republican politics and with Republican leaders, and Republican leaders tend not to speak out against racism in America, unless it’s some disastrous situation like this, and then they come out.”
“The reason why they don’t do that — and I know because I’ve been a part of it, I’ve seen it myself — is that there’s a taboo within the Republican Party about attacking racism in America… There is an element of the Republican base that is racist, and our leaders are afraid to stand up to them because, if they do so, they’ll be criticized, and they’ll potentially lose votes,” he told CNN’s Ana Cabrera.
He concluded, “So they don’t do it, but that’s not public service, that’s self-service.”
Watch the interview in the video below via CNN: