During an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, March 8, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Republicans are “turning themselves into a cult.”

“It is really troubling to see the Republican Party turn themselves into a cult and you know, basically pledge allegiance, not to the United States of America, but to Donald Trump — something I do not understand, I cannot accept,” Clinton said. 

Clinton said she believed most Americans oppose Trump’s dominance of politics, given the “very large popular victory” of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and the popularity of Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

“I don’t understand why the Republican Party is so afraid of itself,” she continued.

Clinton praised House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney and other congressional Republicans for publicly standing up to Trump and voting to impeach and convict the former president.

“I just wish that more Republicans had had either the courage or the understanding of what they needed to do, that they too had stood up and spoken out,” she said.

Cheney was one of 10 Republicans siding with Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time, charging him with a single article of “incitement of insurrection” after the breach at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

However, Trump remains a dominant force in the Republican Party following his acquittal in the Senate and since leaving the White House.

According to a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference that took place on Feb. 28 in Florida, Trump’s approval rating in the straw poll was 97%, with 87% saying they strongly approved of his job as president. Sixty-eight percent of people at CPAC said that Trump should run for president again in 2024. 

Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that he thinks Trump can make the GOP “bigger” and “stronger,” or he “could destroy it.”

“He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know could make it,” Graham told “Axios on HBO.” “He could make it bigger. He could make it stronger. He could make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.”

Through his office and the Save America PAC, Trump has vowed to support Republican candidates who advocate conservative values and campaign against those who oppose the America First agenda. 

“Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” Trump said.