Former Republican Congressman, Charles Djou, from Hawaii has jumped ship. He has recently said that he can no longer remain in a party led by Donald Trump. The GOP ship is burning as it spectacularly sinks into an abyss made up entirely of deplorables.
The GOP is currently led by an insecure, angry man who is xenophobic, racist, sexist, imbalanced and frightened. He is frightened that his “legacy”, such as it is, will be destroyed by Robert Mueller. If Mueller doesn’t take him down, the man will likely rage tweet something incriminating and take himself down. Often, he is his own worst enemy.
The former Congressman feels much the same. In Honolulu’s Civil Beat, Djou wrote,
Civility is an inner trait of true character. Trump’s belittling of Sen. Jeff Flake and immature name-calling of Sen. Bob Corker reflect a weakness of character. Trump’s penchant for conspiracy theories, such as his assertion that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of JFK, is disturbing. His poorly constructed stream-of-consciousness tweets are not only immature, but provide real harm to the stability of our democracy.
In addition to Trump’s character, Djou cites immigration as another reason he cannot continue in the Republican party in its current state. He stated,
I have long believed that America’s strength lies in our nation’s diversity — not its exclusion or isolation. We are a nation of immigrants and benefit from a national fabric woven with the threads of many people, of many backgrounds and cultures, all united in the common belief and love of American liberty. That’s why I championed immigration reform as a congressman.
It disturbs me that the Republican Party under President Donald Trump is now defined as a party hostile to immigration. We are the leader of the free world, not because we are great (or need to be great again), but because we are good.
He continues that Trump’s demeanor is the biggest reason he wants to leave the GOP – or the acceptance of his behavior by Republicans. He said, “I am most disappointed by the failure of the GOP to clearly and consistently condemn Trump’s childish behavior. Sadly today, too many Republicans either applaud Trump’s tirades or greet them with silent acceptance.”
If you can remain silent over Trump’s behavior, your character has to be questioned. Either you are a reasonable and compassionate human, or you support Trump. You cannot be both at this point. Before long, the Republican party will become so distorted that middle-of-the-road Republicans (the few that still exist) will have to create their own party.