Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Iowa lawmaker leaves GOP to protest Trump

Here's part of the report from TalkingPointsMemo.

An Iowa lawmaker on Tuesday became the first elected Republican to leave the party in protest of its presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

“I haven’t supported Mr. Trump at any point along the way but what I am calling his racist remarks and judicial jihad is the last straw,” state senator David Johnson told The Guardian.

Johnson, who said he would change his registration to No Party, compared Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP ticket to the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

“If we’re going to exclude Muslims from traveling to the United States, who’s next? Are we going to come down on Jews? ... He’s not fit to be president,” Johnson told the publication.

[Johnson] told The Guardian that he still hopes the GOP will “dump Trump” in Cleveland and elect a new candidate who holds “Republican principles.”

However, also note this.

Many prominent Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), have condemned Trump’s remarks but still plan to support him as their party’s nominee.

What Republican principles?

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