Longtime Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, the senior adviser for John McCain’s presidential run in 2008 and senior staffer for George W. Bush, denounced the Republican Party over President Trump’s policy of separating families at the border and announced that he will begin voting for Democrats.
“29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life,” Schmidt tweeted.
“Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump,” he added.
29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2018
It is corrupt, indecent and immoral. With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan, and Kasich, it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders.
This child separation policy is connected to the worst abuses of Humanity in our history. It is connected by the same evil that separated families during slavery and dislocated tribes and broke up Native American families. It is immoral and must be repudiated.
Our country is in trouble. Our politics are badly broken. The first step to a Season of renewal in our land is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities. I do not say this as an advocate of a progressive agenda. I say it as someone who retains belief in DEMOCRACY and decency.
On Ronald Reagan’s grave are these words. “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”
He would be ashamed of McConnell and Ryan and all the rest while this corrupt government Establishes internment camps for babies. Every one of these complicit leaders will carry this shame through history.
Their legacies will be ones of well-earned ignominy. They have disgraced their country and brought dishonor to the Party of Lincoln. I have spent much of my life working in GOP politics. I have always believed that both parties were two of the most important institutions for the advancement of human freedom and dignity in the history of the world. Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and values. This Independent voter will be aligned with the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies. That party is the Democratic Party.