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Taylor: Tuesday's Election Results Point to Need For GOP Self-Reflection

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 01:01 PM

Tuesday's election results in Virginia and elsewhere are evidence that the Republican Party needs to have some self-reflection moving forward, Rep. Scott Taylor said Friday.

"The American people are a little tired of the tone," the Virginia Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I would definitely submit there's some pretty bad tone from both sides, but it's important to speak the truth, no question about it.'

On Tuesday, Democrat Ralph Northam pulled out a win against Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in Virginia, and several other major races went to Democrats as well, causing many to call the election a referendum on President Donald Trump.

However, Taylor stressed that he's been very clear that he supports Trump, "but not blindly."

"I think it's important that when you do agree, you say you agree," Taylor said. "You defend the policies. When you don't, you say you don't."

Former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is now back with Breitbart News, has called for establishment Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to be replaced, and Taylor said he understands Bannon's frustration.

"In the House, we've been productive," Taylor said. "We have 278 bills sitting in the Senate. However, I believe in addition, not subtraction, in terms of politics. I believe as a Republican that we should come together to get things done in a unified way as opposed to being divisive."

Taylor, as a former Navy SEAL, said he's used to dealing with people who act honestly and decisively, and he believes Americans want authenticity.

"I think they want to know what you believe, where you stand and where you don't," he said. "That's what I've always tried to do and I will continue to do."

Taylor said he agrees with many of Trump's policies, while he doesn't agree with some of his "divisive rhetoric."

The lawmaker also discussed the sexual allegations being made about Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore, telling the program that he does think people should be considered innocent until they're proven guilty.

"But at the same time, those charges are pretty serious," he said. "What I heard about the defense from other folks defending it, it's astounding. I think it's indefensible, completely indefensible. Again, the guy is innocent until proven guilty. Like you said, if those charges have any merit to them, it's a horrible and despicable and indefensible."

He further rejected a accusation from the show's panel that he was "hedging" the question.

"What I'm saying to you is, this is the first time I heard there's four women," Taylor responded. " I'm not privy to all the details. I'm not hedging anything. Like I said, I don't know all the situation. But if there's any merit to them, it's indefensible. No question about that. We shouldn't do anything that would prevent victims from coming forward and speaking out. No question about that. I'm just not privy to all the details."

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Tuesday's election results in Virginia and elsewhere are evidence that the Republican Party needs to have some self-reflection moving forward, Rep. Scott Taylor said Friday.
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