Ted Lieu Says 'Radical Republicans' Have Become a 'Cult'

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has bemoaned the "radicalization of the Republican Party" and suggested some members' dedication to former President Donald Trump is cult-like.

Lieu made the comments in response to a card reportedly handed out at CPAC on Friday.

Forbes reporter Andrew Solender shared an image of a card containing a "7-pt. plan to restore Donald J. Trump in days, not years," which he said an attendee told him they were given at the event.

This outlined a plan to attempt to install Trump as Speaker of the House, then to oust President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris—paving the way for the former president to return to office.

Lieu retweeted this and wrote: "We are watching the radicalization of the Republican Party before our very eyes.

"The Radical Republicans no longer believe in a democracy. They have become a cult, worshipping a twice impeached loser and cheater who was so incompetent he couldn't even build a simple wall."

Lieu has been an outspoken critic of the former president and also taken issue with those who remain loyal to him. He was also one of the House impeachment managers, during Trump's second impeachment earlier this year.

He labeled "Radical Republicans" as "cheaters" in a tweet earlier this month, questioning their claims of the election having been stolen. He has also taken issue with those attempting to downplay the events of January 6, when the U.S. Capitol was stormed as Congress was certifying the Electoral College results.

"The Radical Republicans have now turned to riot denialism. They are asking you to ignore the evidence of your eyes and ears. They have become riot deniers," he tweeted on July 7.

Trump supporters continue to question the legitimacy of last year's presidential election, despite there having been no evidence of fraud on a scale that would overturn the election. Some, such as those who follow the QAnon conspiracy theory, have theorized a premature return to office for Trump.

Trump himself has continued to take issue with how the election was conducted. He has also hinted at another run in 2024.

When asked if he made his mind up on doing so during a town hall with Fox News's Sean Hannity, Trump said: "Yes. It's not that I want to. The country needs it. We have to take care of this country. It isn't fun, fighting constantly, fighting always."

Newsweek has contacted Lieu's office, the Republican National Committee and CPAC's organizers for comment.

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) arrives before the fifth day of the Senate Impeachment trials for former President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He has criticized what he has branded the "radicalization" of the Republican Party. Stefani Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images