An Iowa state legislator has become the first Republican elected official to jump from the sinking GOP ship over the racist rhetoric of Donald Trump.
State Sen. David Johnson announced on Tuesday that he had officially changed his party affiliation from Republican to “no party,” as a result of Trump’s “racist remarks and judicial jihad.” Johnson declared,
I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot.
Johnson has served in the state Senate since 2002 and at no point has he supported the bigoted billionaire’s bid for the presidency. He initially endorsed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and then later supported former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
The Iowa Sen. said “the last straw” for him was Trump’s continued racist attacks against federal District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel. The narcissistic candidate has argued that Curiel, who was born in Indiana and is presiding over two cases against Trump University, has an inherent conflict of interest because he is of Mexican heritage and should recuse himself from the case.
The man is not qualified to be president. This was it. That was the last straw for me,” Johnson said in an interview. “We don’t need a bigot as president, and that’s exactly what he is. Why is it that people can’t see that, especially the top leaders in our party?
He also went after Trump for his proposed Muslim ban. Johnson referenced his own father, who was in the first American unit to liberate a Nazi prison camp, saying,
I was raised without hearing any racial slur, any racial epithet. It’s something that if we’re going to exclude Muslims from traveling to the United States, who’s next? Are we going to come down on Jews? … He’s not fit to be president.
Johnson even compared the rise of the presumptive Republican nominee to that of Adolf Hitler in 1930s Germany. Johnson said Trump won the Republican primaries by putting on “a good show.”
(Trump won) by reducing his campaign to reality TV and large crowds and divisive language and all the trappings of a good show for those who like that kind of approach and that’s what happened in the 1930s in Germany. I think that’s all I need to say but certainly the fascists took control of Germany under the same types of strategies.
The senator also called out the other Republicans who continue to back Trump even though they are fully aware that he is a racist with a penchant for fascism and said that Republican leaders at both the national and state levels “have been too timid and should go further in condemning Mr. Trump.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Republican members of Iowa’s congressional delegation, should immediately and emphatically withdraw their support for Mr. Trump.
Johnson said that he will continue with his “no-party” status at least until he sees how the Republican convention plays out in Cleveland.
If Mr. Trump is the nominee, he becomes the standard bearer for a party that’s on the verge of breaking apart,” Johnson contended in his statement. “He simply cannot unify the GOP. If there is a profound split, I’ll gladly re-join Republicans who are dedicated to equality and justice for all, and let Mr. Trump lead his supporters over the cliff.
He added that he is “very happy” with his decision to suspend his party membership.
There are consequences to the decision to suspend, for now, my Republican registration. I am fully aware of that,” Johnson said. “As I have for the past 18 years, I will put a high priority on constituent service. Many of the voters who elected me are supporting Mr. Trump. I respect that, but disagree that he is qualified to lead the nation and the free world.
Hopefully, more Republicans will follow suit and break ranks to stand up against the vile filth that Donald Trump continues to spew. Everybody sees that he is a bigoted narcissist, but they continue to support him anyway no matter what racist remark or fascist comment he spits out. It is truly sickening that he has managed to get this close to the White House by campaigning on a platform of bigotry and stupidity. Kudos to Mr. Johnson for having the balls to stand up against Trump.