Longtime GOP Lawmaker Quits Party Over Trump

An Iowa state lawmaker has said he is leaving the Republican Party because of his loathing for President Trump.

Rep. Andy McKean, 69, a retired lawyer and the longest serving Republican currently in the Iowa legislature, announced Tuesday he would register as a Democrat after being a Republican for almost 50 years.

“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. Unfortunately, that is something I’m unable to do. I believe that it is just a matter of time before our country pays a heavy price for President Trump’s reckless spending and short-sighted financial policies, his erratic, destabilizing foreign policy, and his disregard for environmental concerns,” he said in a statement.

McKean, long regarded as a moderate, blamed Trump for fueling an “unprecedented divisiveness” and said he sets a poor example by hurling insults at those who disagree with him and his “frequent disregard for the truth.” He added: “If this is the new normal, I want no part of it.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.