Ex-GOP strategist: Republicans ‘deserve the reckoning’ that will come for backing Trump – The Hill
A former top Republican strategist says the GOP “deserve[s] the reckoning that will eventually come” if President Trump ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Sally Bradshaw, also a former top adviser to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), said Trump is “anti-anything that would bring the country together.“Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea conducts live-fire exercises for second day in a row N. Korea moving rocked believed to be ICBM: report OPINION | Bill O’Reilly: Harvey, Sandy, Katrina — A tale of three superstorms MORE is anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, anti-black,” Bradshaw said. “The only thing he is for is for himself.”
Bradshaw was a co-author of the so-called “autopsy” commissioned by the Republican Party after their loss in the 2012 election. The GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” recommended the party turn toward courting Hispanic voters and developing policies that would draw Hispanic voters to the GOP.
Bradshaw, who publicly left the Republican Party in 2016, accused GOP leaders of abandoning the recommendations from that report in their support of Trump.
“Those in Republican leadership who have enabled his behavior by standing silent or making excuses for him deserve the reckoning that will eventually come for the GOP,” Bradshaw told BuzzFeed News.
Bradshaw’s comments come on the heels of a report that Trump has made the decision to end DACA, which temporarily blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits.
Nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children have benefitted from the program.
Trump’s decision reportedly includes a six-month delay which would give Congress a window in which it could step in before the protections expire, one White House official told Politico.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the president not to end the program, with House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThis week: Harvey aid at top of long to-do list as Congress returns The Memo: Trump faces critical fall Week ahead in finance: Lawmakers brace for high-stakes September MORE (R-Wis.) saying he believes it’s something “Congress has to fix.”