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Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment'

Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment'
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A former Texas House candidate spoke out this week against the Republican Party, saying that it is "not living up to this moment."

Michael Wood (R), whose message against former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE cost him a win in Texas's recent special election, made his remarks during an interview with CNN's John Berman on "New Day."

"It really does kill me to say this as a proud, or once proud Republican: We're not living up to this moment," Wood said while noting that there are some "exceptions" like Reps. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOvernight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits MORE (R-Ill.) and Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote MORE (R-Utah).

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"It seems like right now, the dividing line in our politics is going to be between those who speak the truth and those who engage in conspiracy theories. And that's really unfortunate," Wood said, according to CNN. "It feels like in a lot of ways we've gone through a looking glass, and those of us in the party who are against insurrection and lying are finding ourselves turned into fringe candidates."

"It's a sad commentary on the party," he added. "It's a sad commentary on the country."

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Wood has been a vocal critic of Trump and has called on his party to reject the former president and his claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. He finished 9th in the race for the late Rep. Ron WrightRon WrightUnsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment' Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms On The Trail: Texas underscores Democrats' struggle with voter turnout MORE's (R) open congressional district seat, securing just 3 percent of the vote.

The loss signaled the hold that Trump still has on the Republican Party.

"If you run for office and if you get elected to Congress, you've got to be willing to lose it, you know, or else you can't do the job," Wood told Berman. "I think a lot of people have their egos and their entire personalities tied up with being a member of Congress and all the perks that go along with that. I think they need to be willing to walk away from it."

"And I think they need to think not just about the next election or the next news cycle, I think they need to think about history," he continued. "I think they need to think about how they're going to be judged and, you know, what future generations are going to say about this moment.