Lincoln Project co-founder and former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt railed against the Republican Party on Friday night for abandoning their principles to support President Donald Trump.

GOP incumbents are freaking out as Trump continues to sag in the polls and drags them down with him. And the party only has itself to blame for refusing to stand up to Trump even though they know he’s bad for the country.

“The party is irredeemable,” Schmidt told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “It’s become a threat to America’s institutions, to small ‘L’ liberalism. It is an authoritarian-ish party, not so different than the parties that we see in Hungary and Poland. It is no longer fidelist (sic) to the American system or Constitution. Really what it is is an organized conspiracy to maintain power.”

Schmidt then moved on to blast Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for betraying his values and his late-friend John McCain.

“People, generally speaking, in this country don’t like it when their politicians take them for fools, look them in the eye and lie to them the way Lindsay Graham has,” Schmidt said. “They don’t appreciate his betrayal of his former best friend, his embrace of his new best friend. So, wherever we look, we see a party that has been an agent, that has been collaborationist, along with Donald Trump, in wreaking the damage we see in this country.”

He went on to list the damage done by Trump that the party has enabled.

“We have a shattered economy with 40 million Americans out of work,” Schmidt said. “We see the wholesale corruption of the loan process where so many small businesses couldn’t access the money but so many cronies of President Trump could. And, again, we have seen just for years now this assault on our institutions, on government employees like Fiona Hill, on our service members. And lastly, Chris, if I could just say, how dare Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) put his letter out there talking about the United States military when he’s yet to say a word about a president of the United States who has left the military defenseless as the Russian president puts bounties on their head. It is truly a despicable moment.”

Indeed, Trump has refused to condemn Russia over these bounties, thus throwing our troops under the bus.

“He’s literally, without exception, he’s the worst leader in the history of the United States in a moment of crisis who was ever charged with any responsibility,” Schmidt concluded.

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Now is the time for Americans to take this country back from the madman who wants to destroy it from within to enrich himself. Our country cannot survive four more years of Trump and his defeat must be total and complete by ousting Republicans from power as well. And then Trump and each and every one of his cronies must face consequences for what they have done to America.

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