Phil Heimlich, a former Republican politician and now the host of conservative talk show “Hard Truths with Phil Heimlich,” wrote in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday that, despite being a Republican for decades, he’s planning to vote for Democrats in this year’s midterm elections because of President Trump and Republicans “willing to sell out the country.”
“I’m scared — scared of losing our rights to free speech, fair elections and the rule of law,” Heimlich writes. “You see, we’re witnessing a dangerous trend in which dictators come to power in once-promising democracies and crush dissent.”
The Hill added:
Heimlich says President Trump lacks respect for democratic values, and pointed out how Trump admires people like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, two leaders who have cracked down on independent media in their respective countries.
Heimlich then lays out his objections to many of the things Trump has said about the press in recent years, such as calling for toughening the libel laws and labeling the media the “enemy of the people.”
Heimlich also criticizes Republicans in Congress, saying they’re not being patriots, but “partisans willing to sell out the country rather than stand up to the Republican base.”
“I lived through the Watergate era in the 1970s and know that if cowardly Republicans like [Reps.] Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Paul Ryan controlled Congress then, there would have been no investigation into Richard Nixon’s crimes and no threat of impeachment,” he writes.
“That’s why in 2018 I will vote for Democrats in U.S. Senate and House elections.”