It was only a matter of time. Today, Iowa State Senator David Johnson left the Republican Party, citing Donald Trump’s racist remarks as “the last straw,” according to the Guardian. Johnson may be the first elected defector, but he’s not the first notable Republican to leave the party on Trump’s account.
After the former reality star became the party’s presumptive nominee, Jared Keller reported on the backlash within the GOP: “‘#ImWithHer’ tweeted Ben Howe, a writer for the conservative RedState.com. Philip Klein, the Washington Examiner managing editor, deregistered as a Republican; Free Beacon writer Lachlan Markey burned his voter card,” Keller wrote.
Well, at least Trump’s still got Paul Ryan’s support.