Now that the Republican Party has become the party of Trump, some members of the GOP are trying to run away from Donnie Dollhands as fast as their legs will carry them.
One example of this comes from former Republican Congressman Charles Djou (HI), who announced via an op-ed in a Hawaii newspaper that he’s finished with the GOP.
In his column, Djou notes:
“Today, after much consideration, I abandon my party because I am unwilling to abandon my principles. I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with, and a party that is unwilling to stand up to him.”
The former member of the House also laid out his many objections to Trump: His stance on immigration and willingness to start a trade war with the world.
But Djou’s harshest criticism is reserved for the character and ethics of the current head of state:
“I am so disturbed by Trump’s repeated callousness toward the select few of our citizens who volunteered to defend our nation with their lives. From ridiculing John McCain’s service as a POW in Vietnam, to trivializing the grief of gold star mothers who lost their children in service of our country, Trump’s actions are indicative of a man ignorant of honor and true sacrifice. Most of all, I have long believed that our government leaders must lead by example. Character counts.”
Even though Djou doesn’t specifically refer to Trump’s alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, there can be no doubt what he’s referencing when he mentions “immoral behavior toward women” in his op-ed:
“It should not matter if you are conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, a breach of public trust is a breach of public trust.”
Finally, Djou calls out his fellow Republicans for their complicity in Trump’s moral failings:
“I am most disappointed by the failure of the GOP to clearly and consistently condemn Trump’s childish behavior. Sadly today, too many Republicans either applaud Trump’s tirades or greet them with silent acceptance. This leads to an implicit ratification by the GOP of Trump’s undisciplined, uninformed, and unfocused leadership as a core part of the Republican Party. This is something I cannot accept and will not be a part of.”
If Republicans lose control of Congress in the upcoming midterm election, don’t be surprised if more members of the GOP do the same thing Mr. Djou has so bravely done. Should they fail to, history — and their constituents — will not look favorably upon them.
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