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Defeated Rep. Mark Sanford bemoans lack of consequences for 'lies' by Trump

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/17/2018

a group of people sitting at a table © Wade Spees / AP Defeated Rep. Mark Sanford said Sunday that it’s “dangerous” how President Trump has been able to get away with telling lies with “no seeming consequence.”

The South Carolina Republican lost in a primary last week, after Trump endorsed his challenger and bashed him in a tweet invoking his highly-publicized extramarital affair when he was the state’s governor.

“I wasn’t Trump enough in the age of Trump,” Sanford told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Sanford said other members of his party are afraid to stand up to Trump lest they suffer the same fate, but the party - and the country - will pay the price in the long run.

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The President’s falsehoods have “become so replete that nobody even questions him anymore. And that’s, again, a dangerous spot to be in a reason-based republic,” he said.

“There is no seeming consequence to the president and lies. And if we accept that as a society, it is going to have incredibly harmful consequences in the way that we operate going forward, based on the construct of the Founding Fathers.”

Sanford lost to state Rep. Katie Arrington.

He said he had failed a loyalty test by sometimes criticizing Trump, even though their conservative political views mostly align.

“If you look from a policy standpoint, I was actually very supportive. So this was not about policy, it was about personal loyalty,” he said. “I wouldn't go so far as [calling it a] cult, but I would just say that, from an electoral sense, people are running for cover because they don't want to be on the losing side of a presidential tweet.”

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