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Outgoing Republican Lawmaker Slams The GOP On His Way Out, Claims They Will Continue To Lose

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Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), who served only one term in Congress, blasted his own political party this week as he made his way out of office.

“I want someone to demonstrate a track record of being able to win,” Meijer told Politico. “Hillary Clinton was probably the worst Democratic nominee of my lifetime. If he was outlining a positive agenda and speaking of the things that were started and hoping to be completed, if his message was about pointing the country in a better direction, it would be very different than what we have right now, which is just like the pettiest of petty grievances. I think he had a very negative impact on both candidate selection in terms of endorsements, but also just the amount of quality candidates in competitive seats. I think there’s a constructive role that he could be playing, and I have yet to see him make an effort, so to hell with it.”

Meijer lost his primary election to right-wing conspiracy theorist John Gibbs after he voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.

“My frustration is [conspiracy theories] lead folks on the right to go down these rabbit holes and chase their own tails,” Meijer said. “Meanwhile, some of the really serious, severe things that are critical for us to get ready for the future of the country: competing with China, dealing with our deficit, dealing with entitlement reforms. These are not easy things that we can like, manage in bite-sized chunks.”

“So much of the energy is ultimately expended down avenues that are just hamster wheels,” he added. “I think that gives Democrats a tangible advantage. We saw that, electorally, when they can at least pretend to be speaking to issues and not seem crazy, even if they are unwilling to change their policy outcomes that are not making those issues better. At least rhetorically, they seem to be coming from a more reality-grounded place.”

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