Brandon DeFrain, the chairman of the Republican Party in Bay County, Mich., announced last week he was abruptly resigning from his position, writing in a Facebook post that he could “no longer remain silent” about President Trump.
Last year, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser named DeFrain one of the party’s top Republicans in the state. Today, Weiser said DeFrain’s departure was “sudden” and “unexpected” and pointed to his Facebook post to help explain his exit.
“I have not seen a leader, I’ve only seen more of the same,” wrote DeFrain, who has served in his post since 2014. “More racism in our streets, on social media and schools, more hatred between family members, more people feeling as if their human and civil rights are being violated, more drug overdoses, and more people feeling tormented and discriminated against because of who they worship and who they love.”
“I’m tired of attempting to defend a machine that does not defend the people I love,” he wrote.
“Since Inauguration Day I’ve shared my opinion in close circles and mainly with family members, friends and my wife. I haven’t spoke much about the current state of political affairs because in the past, I believed in giving our leaders a chance. Since I’ve been involved in politics I’ve spent my time learning about the passion on both sides. I have found myself torn. This leads to where my mind is today. I do not support the actions coming from the White House. I felt a strong sense of unity in Bay County during the 2016 election. Despite some of the terrible things being said in campaigns around the country, I felt that people in our community could come together and embrace a change. But it seems that national politics only lead to us hating each other regardless who we vote for.”