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Former Rep. David Jolly soaks up exposure as Republican critical of Trump

Former Rep. David Jolly was on CNN Monday.


Former Rep. David Jolly was on CNN Monday.



If you’ve been near cable TV news lately, it’s been hard to miss former Congressman David Jolly.

Monday, Jolly began on the set of CNN's New Day and that night was on MSNBC's Last Word before ending with an interview by Brian Willaims.

Today, Jolly is taping an interview with Larry King and will be on Alan Colmes’ Fox News radio show. Another MSNBC “hit” is to come later this week.

All that follows several other cable appearances, and Jolly published an op/ed in The Hill.

The common tie: Jolly is a Republican willing to criticize President Donald Trump.

Monday on CNN, a lightly bearded, glasses-wearing Jolly said Trump should “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.”

On MSNBC that night, he deemed Trump “a narcissist who likes the loyalty” and blasted the president's decision to use 31-year-old advisor Stephen Miller on Sunday news shows. Not long before Michael Flynn resigned, Jolly said: “Flynn’s next. He’s got to go.”

After the Flyhn news broke, Jolly was quickly booked to appear with Brian Williams.

The exposure isn't risky for Jolly. He’s considering taking on Charlie Crist again in a district that tilts Democrat. So expect to see Jolly on TV more as the Trump era continues, knocking the president and fellow Republicans.

“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," he said on CNN. "One is they're scared that their political career will be destroyed by a tweet from President Trump. The other is stay silent and pass an agenda.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:23am]


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