Former Iowa state representative Ken Rizer (R), a retired Air Force pilot and commander, reportedly said that he is leaving the Republican Party because of President Trump’s “erratic and misguided leadership.”
Rizer announced his decision to leave the GOP shortly after Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, the Des Moines Register reported.
“[Former national security adviser] H.R. McMaster wrote a fabulous book called Dereliction of Duty, which outlined how the Joint Chiefs failed to step up and oppose President [Lyndon] Johnson’s disastrous Vietnam War policy,” Rizer wrote in a Facebook post that is no longer public. “Military officers read and studied this book, presumably so that we wouldn’t repeat similar mistakes.”
“We’re at another such moment in our foreign affairs where people of character in this administration need to speak up or resign,” Rizer continued. “As for me, I can no longer call myself a Republican given the erratic and misguided leadership of the president. I will always be a [Ronald] Reagan conservative, but find no place for such views in Trump’s World. Until the Republican Party recovers its values, my party affiliation will be ‘No Party.’ ”
The Hill added:
Rizer resigned from his Iowa House seat in May after serving four sessions.
He reportedly said he would not vote for Trump in 2016.
Rizer joins a number of Republicans in criticizing Trump’s performance at the Helsinki press conference in which he downplayed the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and also attacked the FBI and the special counsel’s investigation.