Donald Trump, who is the Republican presidential nominee, has done a fine job of alienating undecided voters by attacking women and a whole slew of minorities; Hispanics, Muslims, Asians, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ. The more diehard conservative elements of the Republican party have stuck with Trump, and appear to be in the fight with him to the bitter end. However, many Republicans have abandoned Trump due to his vile rhetoric with which they do not wish to be associated. Now a popular Republican journalist too has had enough of Trump and is walking away from the Republican party.
In an article titled, “Why I finally left the Republican Party to become a Democrat.” journalist Josh Barro laid out why he is not supporting Trump, or Republicans, any longer. He wrote:
The most important thing we have learned this year is that, when the Republican Party was hijacked by a dangerous fascist who threatens to destroy the institutions that make America great and free, most Republicans up and down the organizational chart stood behind him and insisted he ought to be president.
Clearly Barro is disgusted with how the primary process unfolded, and he believed a different GOP contender should have won the right to be the Republican party’s standard bearer. Why didn’t this happen, and how did such a lunatic ever get so close to capturing the presidency? Barro elaborates:
Some did this because they are fools who do not understand why Trump is dangerous. Some did it because they were naïve enough to believe he could be controlled and manipulated into implementing a normal Republican agenda. Of course, there were the minority of Republicans who did what was right and withheld their support from Trump. I want to focus on a fourth group: Republican politicians who understand exactly how dangerous Donald Trump is, but who have chosen to support him anyway for reasons of strategy, careerism, or cowardice.
Barro, who has a storied journalist career, used a little profanity when tweeting out his most recent article and said, “Fuck it, I’m out.” He is likely not the only one to come to this conclusion, and one can expect the exodus of Republicans fleeing their party to continue as long as Trump is the figurehead.
Fuck it, I’m out: Why I finally left the GOP to become a Democrat. https://t.co/1IRqhOqUTz
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 16, 2016