A Republican lawmaker just officially switched parties over Trump

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As the Republican Party collapses into a black hole of pulsing racism, voter suppression, and willful ignorance, the few remaining “moderates” are jumping ship en masse.

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Prominent conservatives are rejecting the GOP, unable to support what their party has morphed into under Donald Trump. All of the worst elements that have long riddled the body of the Republica Party have metastasized, to the point where nothing really redeemable remains.

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Now, the latest defector is a Maryland lawmaker who has decided to leave the Republican Party and becoming a Democrat thanks to Trump’s leadership of her former party. 

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The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland State Delegate Meagan Simonaire, who made news six months ago when she came out as bisexual during a Maryland House floor debate, made the announcement about her new party affiliation today in the interest of being transparent with her constituents. She is not running for reelection.

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“I believe it is respectful not only to them [constituents] , but for me, as well, to have somebody represent them who will be able to continue to vote for their conservative values that I would not be able to any more,” Simonaire said.

She explained that while she was raised Republican and had conservative values instilled in her since childhood, she can no longer in good conscience remain in the party of Trump. In particular, she pointed to his cruel targeting of minorities.

“I am leaving the Republican Party today, because it is important for me to stand with a party that is fighting for equality for all Americans—minorities, the LGBTQ community, victims of gun violence, immigrants, women, Americans of all faiths, and communities being affected by climate change. President Trump regularly attacks minorities, women and anyone who does not agree with him, and I can no longer remain a part of a party that condones his divisive rhetoric. It’s reprehensible,” Simonaire said in a statement.

Simonaire made the official party switch at the State Board of Elections, while Democratic Party members were in attendance. Democratic Chairwoman for the state party Kathleen Matthews welcomed Simionaire, acknowledged it wasn’t an easy decision for the former Republican, and said she would find a good fit in her new partisan home.

Simonaire must be commended for having the courage to recognize what her former party has become and deciding to stand up for the oppressed. Other Republicans must be urged to follow her lead, or they will end up in the history books as little more than enablers of a cryptofascist, kleptocratic regime.

Original reporting by Jeff Barker at the Baltimore Sun.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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