Tapper asks former GOP congressman as Republican ‘now the party of destroyed bigots’

Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMail-a vote controversy ends as Democrats call for postmaster general to testify Meadows says Harris is eligible to become vice president, pushing back on birther claims Sanders says his first priority is to Trump to defeat asked former GOP Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Again DentThe Coronavirus Report from The Hill: WHO Vs. Trump; Bernie is out The biggest political upsets of decades Ex-GOP legislator: Former colleagues say privately that they are ‘disgusted and exhausted’ by Trump MORE (Pa.) On Wednesday whether he thinks Republicans “are now the party of deceived bigots” after Dent announced his distinction from former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Democrats pitch Biden as the back-to-normal candidate Obama congratulates Biden with formal nomination Jill Biden gives personal portrait of man Joe MORE‘s (D) presidential bid.

“At the end of the day, this is not really about right or left. It’s not about ideology. … For me, it’s about right or wrong. Stability versus instability,” Dent Tapper told CNN’s “The Lead.”

Dent served as a member of Congress from 2005 to 2018 before retiring.

He previously announced that he would not support the Trump presidency in 2016, citing Trump’s divided history of remarks aimed at minorities rather than religious groups.

“It’s a sad state of affairs when a president signs a 9/11 truther,” Dent said Wednesday, referring to the support of President Marjorie Taylor Greene, a GOP nominee for Congress who expressed skepticism about some events around 9/11 and openly supported the QAnon collusion theory.

Last week, Trump named Greene a “future Republican star” after her primary win over Congress in Georgia.

“All it does is strengthen the battle jobs and the nuts to get out. With strong leadership, we could marginalize people like that,” Dent added.

Dent’s signing follows several other former GOP officials who endorse Biden’s presidency, including former NY Rep. Susan Molinari and former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman.

Another high-profile Republican, former Gov. of Ohio, John Kasich, spoke at the Democratic National Convention this week to express his support for Biden’s campaign.