With all of the scandal and controversy that has surrounded Mr. Trump’s presidency since before the 2016 election, some GOP members may be starting to wise up at a time when it is almost too late, but one could question how many would actually stand up for what is best for the country and put party aside. Some legislators will admit that they have thought about changing parties.
Early Saturday morning, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) responded on Twitter to a question asking him if he had ever considered switching his party affiliation. He replied:
‘yep — regularly consider it (except the “from Dem” part)’
Many Twitter users responded arguing that Mr. Trump had pushed lifelong Republicans from the party.
Sasse responded back:
‘He is accelerating the trend, obviously. But it didn’t start two years ago. (Eg, you should check out the polling on the giant share of Democrats that believed George W. Bush knowingly concealed the 9/11 plot against America.)’
Over the last year, multiple officials have resigned from the Republican Party at both local and national levels. Lori Stegman, the Multnomah County Commissioner in Oregon, left the GOP after being a Republican for 40 years citing her reasoning as she “cannot condone the misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration.”
In June, The Mercury News in San Jose, California, reported that two city council members left the Republican Party over the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant families.
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) admitted in May that the Republican Party has been taken over by Trump. Boehner said:
‘There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican Party is kinda taking a nap somewhere.’
Former FBI Director James Comey also left the party saying that the GOP left him and others behind. Comey said:
‘I just think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it.’
Comey continued in an ABC News podcast interview, saying:
‘I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump’s values. It doesn’t reflect values at all. It’s transactional, it’s ego-driven, it’s in service to his ego. And it’s, I think, consoling itself that we’re going to achieve important policy goals — a tax cut or something.’
In June, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a former aide to the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) left the party and announced he will begin voting for Democrats. Schmidt described the party as “fully the party of Trump” and “a danger to our democracy and values.” In addition, The Washington Post reported:
‘In early-morning tweets, Schmidt, a vocal Trump critic, urged voters to elect Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections and harshly criticized the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, describing the government-run detention centers as “internment camps for babies.”’
A minority of Republicans are now standing for country instead of party, but the outlook for the majority following suit is still bleak. One might cite the “anonymous” OP-ED published in The New York Times as proof that the Republican Party is crumbling from within, but it also takes a great amount of privilege to be able to speak behind closed doors and not truly stand for the betterment of your country.
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