Iowa lawmaker ditches GOP because of Trump: 'I want no part of it'


Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean blasted Trump for his 'frequent disregard for the truth, and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearances, ethnicity, or disability.'

Iowa state Rep. Andy McKean announced Tuesday that he is leaving the Republican Party because he can no longer support Trump.

"With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I feel, as a Republican, that I need to be able to support the standard bearer of our party," McKean said. "Unfortunately, that is something I'm unable to do."

In a fiery statement, McKean condemned Trump's constant lying, bullying, and promotion of hate.

Trump sets "a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we're attempting to discourage bullying," McKean said in his prepared statement.

McKean said he is disgusted by Trump's "frequent disregard for the truth, and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearances, ethnicity, or disability."

Further, he said, Trump has "created an atmosphere that is a breeding ground for hateful rhetoric and actions."

"If this is the new normal, I want no part of it," McKean said.

McKean will re-register as a Democrat later this week.

McKean's defection to the Democratic Party means Republicans have a smaller, 53 to 47 majority in the state House. According to the Iowa Starting Line, the switch significantly increases the chances of the chamber flipping from red to blue in the 2020 election.

McKean joins a growing number of state officials who have abandoned the Republican Party because they can't stand what the GOP has become under Trump.

In December 2018, three Kansas lawmakers (two state senators and one House member) ditched the Republican Party in the span of one week.

In the same month, California's Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, left the Republican Party in part because of the GOP's support for Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh — an alleged sexual predator who was opposed by hundreds of law professors for his "lack of judicial temperament." Republicans overwhelmingly supported Kavanaugh despite credible allegations of both sexual assault and perjury that have been levied against him.

The vast bulk of the Republican Party has stood behind Trump, no matter how toxic his behavior. But some Republicans, like McKean, are listening to their consciences.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.