The GOP is “birthing a movement” of “babies” in their ranks, one of the most senior House Republicans warned Tuesday.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) took the rare step of laying out a vision of the future of the GOP after a week in which Republicans abandoned their core base and the country.
The tea party movement, which led the GOP in 2011 and 2012, is no longer in control of the party, she said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
She said the GOP is now in a “basket of deplorables” that is “increasingly being driven by white nationalists, radical Islamists and anti-Semites.”
“This is a movement of babies,” she said.
“They are not the voters, but they are the voters who are driving our policies and driving our politics.
That is a dangerous future for our country.””
They have already begun to take control of our party,” she continued.
“They are running candidates, they are trying to take over the party and we will never let them.”
“There is a new breed of candidate who is more focused on making money and attacking opponents than advancing our country,” Blackburn continued.
“Their only agenda is to keep us in the dark, and that’s why they’ve failed us so far.”
Blackburn called the birther movement a “dangerous distraction” from the country’s true problems and said she would be willing to step down as speaker if it becomes clear that the GOP isn’t going to nominate a “strong conservative.”
“The birther issue has caused us great pain,” she told the crowd.
“But it is not a distraction.”
“We will not allow this to stop us from working to build a great new America,” she added.