Former Reps. David Jolly (R-Fla.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) on Friday called on Republicans to speak out against President Trump.
Dent, who resigned from Congress earlier this year, said that Republican lawmakers feel like they are in a “catch-22” when it comes to speaking out against the president, especially ahead of the midterms.
“That’s the raw politics behind all this,” he said. “I’m a little disappointed more haven’t spoken up.”
Jolly, who left Congress in 2017, said that he gives Republican lawmakers with pro-Trump constituents the “benefit of the doubt” because they have an obligation to “give voice” to them.
However, in areas of national security and “matters of integrity,” he urged more Republicans to “speak out” against Trump.
“Their legacies will reflect whether they speak out or not,” he said.
The Hill added:
Dent praised some GOP lawmakers for standing up to Trump by focusing their attention on issues like protection for undocumented youth, but said that they need to do much more to speak out against him on issues where he “goes off the rails.” He particularly pointed to Trump’s claims that the FBI placed a spy in his campaign.
“We’re all going to be judged sooner or later about how we acted during this time,” he said. “People are going to look back on us with a lot of misgivings about how we may have not exercised oversight to the extent that we should have.”