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Missouri's Tom Coleman Says The GOP Has Become A 'Cult' And Needs To 'Wake Up'

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in instigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair of the House Republican Conference because of her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The former Missouri congressman sees the ousting of Liz Cheney from House leadership as an example of how the Republican Party has turned into a "totalitarian political movement."

Tom Coleman says, "The Republican Party has left me" and now sees himself as more of an independent. He is one of more than 100 Republicans who signed a letter threatening to break from the GOP and form a third party: "They don't deal in facts. They live in an alternate world created by Donald Trump," Coleman declared.

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