Former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that he is leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democratic Party as a result of GOP leaders’ support of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls.
“President Trump and the Republican National Committee are endorsing, supporting and funding Moore because they would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on underage teenagers at the local mall, than a crime-fighting prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat,” Bardella wrote.
“This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer. This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.”
The Hill added:
Bardella said that he had left Breitbart after the publication refused to stand by reporter Michelle Fields following a physical altercation between Fields and then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski at a campaign event.
He said that the longer he didn’t have clients to work for, “the more I came to realize that Republican positions on the most pressing challenges facing our society were out of alignment with what I believed.”
“This is a party that constantly buries its head in the sand on climate change, racial profiling, guns, LGBTQ equality, income inequality, food insecurity, paid family leave and the treatment of women,” he wrote.
“The embrace of Moore by the Republican Party’s top ‘leadership’ is all the proof you need to know that this is a party that no longer stands for anything.”
Trump has openly endorsed Moore in the Alabama Senate special election following multiple reports and mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.
Moore has denied the allegations against him.
Bardella said he was joining the Democratic Party because he believes it “will do more to protect the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment than the Republican Party ever could.”
“I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to ensure the survival of our planet and its natural resources than the Republican Party ever would,” he wrote.
“I am throwing in with the Democratic Party because, at the end of the day, I believe its portrait of America is better than the one being painted by today’s Republican Party. And I want to be a part of it.”