Kyle McDaniel, a member of the Virginia GOP’s state central committee and a potential rising star, has left the party saying he “could no longer stomach” being a Republican after President Trump’s reported comments referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” The Washington Post reported.
McDaniel, 28, wrote in a resignation letter to the state party’s chairman, John Whitebeck, about events he said he “could no longer stomach,” referencing Trump’s “shithole countries” remarks and the response by some leaders to the white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.
“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote.
“I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”
McDaniel said he is “totally out” of the Republican Party, saying: “As far as any party affiliation, I’m out. I’m independent.”
Whitbeck said McDaniel is aware that “the Republican Party of Virginia, and I as chairman, have worked tirelessly to expand the Party into new communities,” according to the Post.
“We wish Mr. McDaniel the best in his future endeavors but he owes every member of his party an apology for repeating the Democrat talking points that Republicans are a bunch of racists,” Whitbeck said in a statement.
The Hill added:
Trump’s comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” sparked widespread backlash and accusations of racism against the president.
Trump has denied he is racist and pushed back against the reports he made the comments.