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Former Clinton secretary of labor declares the Republican Party finished, criticizes the party’s shift toward Trump’s “authoritarian neo-fascism”


Florida – The former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, has delivered a stark criticism of the current state of the GOP and voiced his concerns about the trajectory of the party as it heads into the 2024 presidential election with Donald Trump as its presumptive nominee despite his criminal indictments.

Former Clinton secretary of labor declares the Republican Party finished, criticizes the party's shift toward Trump's "authoritarian neo-fascism"

In a recent opinion column, Robert Reich outlined his observations and discussed the implications of the party’s direction.

Reich, a well-known liberal and progressive economist, does not mince words about the GOP, which he believes has undergone a “tragic” moral collapse. Reich’s disappointment is evident as he discusses the broader consequences of this shift, not just for the party, but for the American political landscape at large.

“Friends, the Republican Party is over,” Reich declares, highlighting a serious concern about the absence of a viable two-party system capable of governing with the nation’s best interests at heart. “That’s tragic, because America needs two parties capable of governing. It needs two parties with a sense of the common good, even if their interpretations of it differ,” Reich said.

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Evidence of Dysfunction

Reich points to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s recent actions as a clear indicator of the party’s dysfunction. Sununu, who once supported Nikki Haley during the 2024 GOP presidential primary and criticized Trump for his role in the January 6 insurrection, has now endorsed Trump.

This turnaround was defended in an interview with ABC News’ Stephanopoulos, where Sununu seemingly dismissed the importance of right and wrong in political decisions. Reich captures this moment with disbelief, “Hello? Politics is not about right and wrong?”

This endorsement, according to Reich, exemplifies the dangerous lengths to which party members will go to maintain power, even at the cost of American democratic principles. “Sununu’s willingness to destroy American democracy so his party can stay in power is shared by most Republican officeholders today,” Reich argues. This shift represents a fundamental rejection of the values that have underpinned American self-governance, fought for and cherished by generations.

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A Party Transformed

Reflecting on his own past as part of a Republican presidential administration in the mid-1970s, Reich contrasts the GOP of yesteryear with today’s iteration. Under President Gerald R. Ford, the Republican Party championed limited government, opposed Soviet aggression, and upheld fiscal responsibility. Today, Reich asserts, the party has abandoned these principles in favor of “Trump and his authoritarian neo-fascism.”

“The death of the Republican Party is not to be celebrated. It is a tragedy,” Reich concludes. This statement not only marks a somber recognition of the party’s current state but also serves as a call to acknowledge the profound implications such a shift has for the broader political and social landscape of the United States. As the Republican Party continues to navigate its identity and direction, the echoes of Reich’s critique highlight the challenges and moral questions it faces in an ever-evolving political arena.

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