Official Statement by the Next Republican Politician to Oppose Donald Trump
There comes a time in every official’s life when he must rise to the occasion, put the people above politics, and do the absolute minimum thing that could be expected. To expend the least amount of energy possible towards the opposition of creeping fascism and reality star saturation.
That time is now. That time was also a year or so ago, but it’s now too.
I stand before you today in direct opposition to the president.
I can no longer stay silent.
I don’t care if this breaks into every cable newscast. I don’t care if I’m the biggest story in politics for 48 hours. Even if I have to sign a book deal after this, I will be heard.
Rest assured, it was not easy to go against my party, but the future of our country is too important for petty partisan bickering. This is bigger than Republicans versus Democrats. This is a bipartisan cause: the cause of speaking against evil only when it is politically expedient to do so.
My only regret is that I did not take this stand sooner. I take full responsibility for the mistake of thinking that I still had a shot at being re-elected.
Republicans can no longer sit idly by, saying things like, “We have to support our president” or “He’s who the people chose” or “My constituents won’t vote for me if I don’t back Trump, so whoops, looks like my hands are tied.”
We need to take a stand. There are dangerous times ahead. Our nation is in danger. Our values, our children, my Senate seat. So much danger! It is for the sake of all these things that we evaluate whether our loyalty is to this reckless president or the values that recklessly got him elected.
Supporting this president would require me to support things I can’t condone. A president can govern by hate, a president can make foul remarks, but to do both is absolutely inexcusable when my Senate seat is up in a year.
That’s why we must return to what the Founding Fathers wanted. As James Madison wrote, “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” That’s why I stand today, countering the president’s ambitions with my own, perhaps to a job on cable news. Maybe.
I know you’re airing this live. We’ll talk later.
In conclusion, I leave you with a quote from Lincoln: “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” As I stand before you today, on the Senate floor, making a speech that will be replayed on every news channel for a week straight, I know I am both.
Thank you for indulging me, now and during my inevitable speaking tour.