Cassidy Hutchinson says standing up to Trump is a ‘make or break moment’ for the Republican Party

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said Monday that taking a stand against former President Trump ahead of the 2024 election is a “make or break” moment for the Republican Party.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”, Hutchinson told host Rachel Maddow that although she still considers herself a Republican, she does not believe her former employer is a “strong Republican”.

“I do not believe that Mr. Trump is a strong Republican. But in this election cycle, in my opinion, this is a make-or-break moment for the Republican Party,” Hutchinson told Maddow. “Now is the time that if these politicians, these men and some of the women who are currently in Congress, want to step aside and take a stand, they have to do it now.”

Hutchinson also said he doesn’t understand why Republican lawmakers are still willing to support Trump, even with the ongoing controversy and legal challenges surrounding him.

“I think it’s extremely disappointing, and it’s not a difficult issue to take on. We’re talking about a guy who basically almost destroyed democracy in a day and he wants to do it again. He wants to run for president to do that again,” Hutchinson said.

She concluded, “He has been convicted four times since January 6. If I were a Republican in Congress who supported Donald Trump, my conscience would be clear and I would not be able to sleep at night.” “And I think if they’re unwilling to step away from that, we’re in serious danger to the party.”

It has been a year since Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified before the now-defunct select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attacks on the Capitol. She was the first member of the Trump administration to do so.

Hutchinson’s comments come a month after Trump and 18 of his associates were indicted by a Georgia grand jury on charges related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump, who announced his third presidential campaign last November, has faced three other impeachments this year related to his business dealings, his handling of classified documents and his actions after the 2020 election.

Hutchinson’s appearance on Maddow’s program focused on her new book, titled “Enough,” which details her experience working under the Trump administration and the events that led her to testify before Congress.

Hutchinson’s new book is scheduled to be published on Tuesday.

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