JUST IN: ‘Rising Superstar’ Quits GOP Over Donald Trump; Internal Panic Begins

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Mr. Trump has been a detriment to his own party since he took office one year ago. Since then, a flowing stream of Republicans in Congress have either retired, resigned, or sought other positions. Another Republican activist seems to be taking it a step further though.

According to The Washington Post:

‘A young Republican activist from Northern Virginia who was seen as a potential rising star quit the party Tuesday, citing President Trump’s “appalling comments” about Haitian immigrants and what he called a nativist streak in his home state.’

Kyle McDaniel, a 28 year-old, who served on the party’s state central committee for two years, has decided he doesn’t like the direction the Republican party is headed. McDaniel also worked as a top aide for Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield). The Post reported:

‘But McDaniel said he harbored increasing reservations over where the party has been heading. On Tuesday, he sent a letter of resignation to state party chairman John Whitbeck that described events he “could no longer stomach,” including Trump’s reported reference last week to Haiti as a “shithole” country and the defense by some party leaders of a rally this summer by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville that led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.’

McDaniel and other younger Republicans had attempted to remove or formally censure an extremist member of the 11th congressional committee in Northern Virginia who called Islam “a death cult created by Satan,” but were unsuccessful. McDaniel wrote:

‘I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to “bite my tongue” when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day. I cannot in good faith continue to do that.’

McDaniel has gone to Haiti as a church relief worker and he and his wife have considered adopting a Haitian child.

There has been a large wave of anti-Trump sentiment especially in Northern Virginia, which has led to a string of Democratic victories in November. Stephen Spiker, 32, another member of the 11th congressional district committee said:

‘We can’t even count or imagine how many people would be part of our ranks who just take a look at what’s going on and say “No thanks.” For the younger demographic, it’s a bridge they can’t cross.’

John Whitbeck, chairman of the state party said in a statement:

‘We wish Mr. McDaniel the best in his future endeavors but he owes every member of his party an apology for repeating the Democrat talking points that Republicans are a bunch of racists.’

Fairfax County Supervisor Herrity said:

‘I still think he will run for office one day. I would hazard to predict he’ll do it as a Republican.’

As for McDaniel, he said:

‘I’m totally out. I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out. I’m independent.’

Twitter mostly applauded McDaniel for making the right move:

McDaniel works currently works as a real estate agent in Alexandria. Jennifer Rubin writes in The Hartford Courant:

‘Republicans’ willingness to accept even national betrayal — that’s what Trump Jr. was willing to undertake, after all — will disgrace the party and its leaders for years, if not permanently. It is a party no longer capable of defending our national interests and Constitution from foreign enemies.’

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