GOP Rep. Quits Republican Party, Torching Trump on His Way Out
Could this be the beginning of a conservative civil war?
President Donald Trump and his legal team are far from done in their fight to keep No. 45 in office for four more years, but not everyone is happy about it.
Trump has long alleged that he is the rightful victor of the 2020 election, despite both the Associated Press calling the election in favor of Joe Biden on November 7th, and the electoral college officially casting their ballots on December 14th to reaffirm the AP’s call.
But Trump’s team has said that it ain’t over, and long time White House aide Stephen Miller even suggested that “alternate” electors could be the key to keeping the legal challenges alive.
For some in the Republican Party, however, this is all just too much.
Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan announced in a letter on Monday that he was leaving the GOP, citing President Trump’s actions after the Nov. 3 election as the reason.
In a letter addressed to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), obtained by CNN, he explained his decision to leave his party despite years of support.
Mitchell expressed his belief that politicians, including the president, must be willing to accept the outcome of elections whether they win or lose.
His words were stark.
“It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote,” said Mitchell. “Further, it is unacceptable for the president to attack the Supreme Court of the United States because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that ‘the Court failed him.’ It was our Founding Fathers’ objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations.”
Mitchell isn’t the first Republican to leave the party during President Trump’s first term.
Justin Amash, a House Rep. from Michigan, similarly left the GOP, landing within the Libertarian Party within a matter of days.
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