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Top GOP Operative Renounces Party, Aligns With Dems

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Longtime Republican operative Steve Schmidt, who became a nationally known figure as the head of Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, renounced his membership in the party and declared himself an independent voter aligned with “the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies,” which he says is the Democratic Party.

In a thread on Twitter posted in the early hours of Wednesday, Schmidt said the GOP had become “the party of Trump” and wrote, “It is corrupt, indecent and immoral. With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan and Kasich it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders.”

He cited the Administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy on immigration, which has resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents in just the past six weeks, as his primary motivation.

Schmidt has been an outspoken critic of President Trump on several issues but has remained associated with the Republican Party until now.