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Republican candidates used to be measured by their conservative ideology but now are judged according to how loyal they are to President Donald Trump, GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said.
Dent, who has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018, told ABC News’ Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce in an interviewed aired on “This Week” Sunday that some Republican voters who once evaluated candidates on the purity of their conservative ideology now demand that they show complete loyalty to Trump.
“It’s not about ideology anymore. It’s about loyalty to the president,” Dent said. “Now the litmus test has changed. The issue is loyalty to the man, to the president. And for some you know loyalty is not enough; you have to be angry and aggrieved.”
The GOP representative said the president is one reason why he decided to leave Congress after this term. Dent did not endorse Trump in 2016 and also has said he didn’t vote for him.