Iowa senator leaving GOP compares Trump’s rise to ‘what happened in the
1930s in Germany’
An Iowa state legislator became the first GOP lawmaker to leave the party in an act of protest over Donald Trump’s presumptive presidential nomination, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
State Sen. David Johnson announced that he changed his party affiliation from Republican to “no party,” citing the real estate magnate’s “racist remarks and judicial jihad.”
“I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot,” Johnson told the Quad City Times.
Johnson, who has served in the state Senate since 2002, did not support Trump at any point during the party’s presidential primary. Instead, he endorsed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
But he said the last straw for him regarding his party membership was Trump’s ongoing attacks against federal District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel. The presumptive GOP nominee has called Curiel “a hater” and argued that the judge has an inherent conflict of interest because his parents emigrated to the US from Mexico.