Conservative columnist Max Boot has become the latest in a growing list of prominent conservatives to break with their own party and pledge to vote for Democratic candidates in November’s midterm elections.
Boot wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday that he was joining other Republicans who have pledged to vote against the party and help Democrats retake control of both chambers of Congress.
The GOP is now a “white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe,” Boot wrote.
“If you’re part of that fringe, what should you do?” he asked.
“Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt,” Boot wrote.
Boot points to how Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy had previously separated more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“While two-thirds of Americans disapproved of this state-sanctioned child abuse, forcing the president to back down, a majority of Republicans approved,” Boot wrote.
“The entire Republican platform can now be reduced to three words: whatever Trump says,” he added.
Boot joins GOP strategist Steve Schmidt and former Post columnist George F. Will in supporting Democrats.
“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 last month.
“Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump,” he added.
Will called on Republicans last month to vote blue in November.