A former Republican has blasted Conservatives for choosing to sell out "actual patriotism" for "gun worship" under President Donald Trump.
Naval War College Prof. Tom Nichols lamented how gun culture appears to be spreading "from a corner of the GOP" to the entire conservative party under Trump.
The professor said under Trump there appears to be a growing "cultural change" with the spread of "gun culture from a corner of the GOP to the entire conservative moment.".
Driving that shift, the former Republican suggested, was a need among conservatives to redefine what it means to be a patriot after having to "sell out so much actual patriotism to Trump.".
Even when I was a Republican, I never understood people who measure freedom by how many of us walk around with guns.
This is a cultural change, the spreading of the gun culture from a corner of the GOP to the entire conservative moment.
Subscription to gun culture, Nichols said, appears to have become something of a "litmus test for 'conservatives,'" which, he said, "tells you something sad about conservatism.". »