GOP Rep.: ‘I Am Not Going to Lie’ for Trump (Video)

( – In new comments exposing a lingering rift inside the GOP, US Congressman Ken Buck, who recently announced his retirement, has declared he decided to quit Congress because he didn’t want to “lie” to favor presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In an interview with the NewsNation program “The Hill Sunday,” Buck (R-CO) explained his decision not to seek reelection by claiming he refused to compromise his integrity to serve the interests of the Republican Party.

He also argued his aspirations for the nation remain unchanged, yet he finds himself in a radically transformed political landscape.

“We’ve gone from a time when the Tea Party stood for conservative principles, for constitutional principles, to a time where the [populists] have taken over the Republican Party and are really advocating things that I believe are very dangerous,” he told host Chris Stirewalt.

When asked about the reasons behind his departure from Congress, Buck cited various considerations.

“The MAGA crowd ran a primary against me last time. I won 75-25. I’m not concerned about [a] primary, I’m not concerned about losing a general election. You know, the time is right. I’m at a point in my life where I want to do different things. I want to enjoy my family more, I want to [do] less business travel and more recreational travel. There are a lot of things that went into the decision,” he said.

However, he stressed a profound disquiet with the current state of American politics.

“But really we’re at a time in American politics, that I am not going to lie on behalf of my presidential candidate, on behalf of my party. And I’m very sad that others in my party have taken the position that, as long as we get the White House, it doesn’t really matter what we say,” Buck stated.

He has openly criticized fellow Republicans for saying that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Trump.

Buck himself voted to certify the 2020 election results.

He refrained from supporting Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) in his bid for the Speakership last fall due to reservations about Jordan’s conduct in relation to the January 6, 2021, events at the US Capitol.

Former President Trump lauded Buck’s decision not to seek reelection, declaring it a “great thing” for the Republican Party.