“The Republican Party, by and large, with exceptions — Romney, Liz Cheney — they aren’t just right-wing, they’re living in a delusional world,” Mr. Costas said.
“No party or movement led by Donald Trump can ever be about honesty, integrity, or any sort of consistent principle or any rational understanding of patriotism. This was a guy who was willing to subvert the very pillars of democracy if it suited him,” Mr. Costas, now a CNN contributor, said this week on “The Dave Glover Show.”
Part of the reason for Mr. Trump’s rise, he said, is social media and the breakdown of the three major networks’ former news monopoly. This spread of information sources has fed delusion, according to Mr. Costas.
“You got some people, like Mo Brooks and Louie Gohmert, who are so dumb they need to be watered like a house plant, but then you have people like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley who are better than that,” he said. “They’re Ivy League-educated. They know better. But they’re so cynical, they’re willing to subvert principle because they know that their careers are tied to somehow either supporting Trump or finessing some sort of feigned support for Trump so they can still appeal to some portion of that base.”
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