Former Republican Rep. David Jolly criticized GOP congressmen for not doing enough to stand up to President Donald Trump.
"We need a Congress who speaks up against a president who has shown in the past 30 days some very risky behavior as the chief executive," Jolly told CNN's "New Day" program on Monday.
Jolly, who lost his reelection bid as a Florida representative in November to former Gov. Charlie Crist, said timid Republican congressmen were falling into two camps, one "scared their political career will be destroyed by a tweet from President Trump, the other [seeking to] stay silent and pass an agenda."
Jolly lashed out at Trump, saying, "the purveyor of fake news resides in the Oval Office," and that the president "needs to stop creating such chaos for members of Congress and fellow Republicans."
He added that Trump "needs to stop complaining and do [his] job. Stop taking on 'fake news,' stop taking on the judiciary, stop taking on senators — John McCain —Do your job. You asked for this job. Stop complaining, do your job, because Republicans should be proud to have a Republican president."
Jolly's appearance on CNN came a day after he wrote a column in The Hill in which he railed against GOP congressmen, charging that "Republicans in Congress have proven to be weaker under a Republican President Trump than they ever were under a Democrat Barack Obama" and have so far served only as "apologists for President Trump's reckless actions and dangerous tweets."
Jolly emphasized in his commentary that "if Republicans in turn fail to challenge Trump… on his overreach, on his attacks on an independent judiciary, a free media, on legislators, they will have knowingly affirmed his actions, even those most dangerous actions that undermine the very power of the Congress and the rightful authority of the courts."
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