Rev. O’Neal Dozier, a black Florida conservative who served as co-chairman for the Rick Santorum‘s failed 2012 presidential campaign, declared that he is leaving the GOP after 30 years because President Donald Trump is heightening racial tensions and is fueling “the potential for a race war in America.”
“For the last 30 years, I have been a faithful and dedicated member of the Republican Party,” Dozier wrote in an editorial for the South Florida Times. “But now, I am announcing that I am leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent because I can no longer with good conscience remain a member of a political party that is headed by President Donald Trump.”
“One of the main reasons I have decided to leave the Republican Party is President Donald Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce the white supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Neo-Nazi and other white hate groups. He refuses to denounce these hateful groups because he believes they are part of his voting base and they helped him to become president,” and has failed to condemn those groups the way other Republican presidents have done in the past.
“President Trump’s past and present actions and attitude towards black people are causing white people and the Republican Party to become more insensitive to the plight of black people,” Dozier wrote.
“President Trump picked this fight with the NFL players in order to throw red meat to his base,” he continued. “He will feed his base anything he thinks they like in order to keep them on his plantation. He knows exactly what they like and don’t like.”
“President Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, did much to heighten racial tension and the potential for a race war in America.”
Trump’s “ungodly character and personality is corrupting, redefining and destroying the Republican Party,” Dozier said, adding that his “support of Judge Roy Moore (an accused child molester) in Alabama serves to destroy the morality of the Republican Party.”
You can read Rev. Dozier’s entire editorial via the South Florida Times.