This might become a regular thing, so maybe the GOP’s head honchos should take notice.
Steve Schmidt is a Republican strategist who has had enough.
On Wednesday morning, Schmidt, who has been a member of the very exclusive club of Republicans unwilling to bend the knee to Trump, but very vocal in saying why, blasted President Trump and the party, apparently while on his way out the door.
He made his intent to exit known through a series of tweets.
“29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life,” Schmidt tweeted.
“Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump,” he added.
I get it. It’s been over 30 years for me, but I no longer consider myself a Republican. That ended when the GOP resisted the efforts of the delegates on the floor of the RNC convention in Ohio, back in July 2016, as they attempted to stop Donald Trump’s official nomination.
(I'm far more comfortable with the tag of "Christian conservative" and I'm currently looking at third party options.)
I wasn’t a Cruz supporter. He lost my support when he started acting like Trump’s prison wife during the primaries. That being said, I didn’t care who was the nominee, as long as it wasn’t Trump, and what men like Reince Priebus and Paul Manafort did during the convention to stop those opposed to Trump – all the trickery and bullying – it was too much.
Now we see trickery and bullying wasn’t just a thing reserved for the convention and the fracturing of the party continues.
“This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuse of humanity in our history,” Schmidt wrote. “It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated. Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken.”
And this is where Schmidt and I diverge in our opinions:
“This Independent voter will be aligned with the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies. That party is the Democratic Party,” Schmidt wrote.
Ok. Using words like “right” and “decent” to describe the party of infanticide and big government isn’t going to win many to your side, Steve.
“I do not say this as an advocate of a progressive agenda. I say it as someone who retains belief in DEMOCRACY and decency,” Schmidt said.
Again – they kill babies in the womb, so let’s just say both of the big two parties are failing to show grace and goodness to young life.
Schmidt was a former aide to Senator John McCain and is a current analyst for MSNBC, so I suspect what we’ll hear is a lot of Trump supporters blowing off his opinion. That’s expected.
He’s not the only one calling out the party, however.
Former GOP Rep. Charles Djou (Hawaii) announced in March that he was leaving the Republican Party due to Trump’s “hostile” immigration practices.
“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican Party is kinda taking a nap somewhere," Boehner said.
The former speaker is right, given the cult atmosphere surrounding Trump. I know it’s all politics and these lawmakers are afraid of backlash from a public that would support Trump if he was caught on video mugging a girl scout, but the numbers of those who have lost patience with this experiment is growing, as well.
I don’t want a blue wave, but it’s past time to end the orange crush.