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Beth Fukumoto Blames GOP Leaders in Letter After Leaving Party

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By    |   Friday, 24 Mar 2017 09:18 PM

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto officially left the GOP almost two months after being removed from her position as Hawaii House minority leader.

On Wednesday, she released a letter to the Hawaii Republican Party explaining her reasons.

"This election, I saw members of my party marginalizing and condemning minorities, ethnic or otherwise, and making demeaning comments towards women," Fukumoto wrote. "So, when I listened as our now top office holder refused to condemn the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, speaking out didn't seem like a choice."

Calls for Fukumoto's removal from the leadership first emerged after she criticized President Donald Trump during his campaign over his remarks about Muslims and women.

"What ended up being very problematic for me was that my caucus and others said, 'If you want to stay in leadership, then you need to make a commitment to not criticize the president for the remainder of his term,'" Fukumoto told NBC News in February. "And with what we've been seeing in the news with the different executive orders coming out every day, I didn't believe I could make that commitment."

In her letter, Fukumoto contends that "the leaders that remain in the party either condone the problems I've identified or they agree with me but are unwilling to stand up and fight. For those reasons, I am resigning from the Republican Party.

"If I chose to stay, I would simply become an obstructionist in a political party that doesn't want to hear my voice or my message. I don't believe that I can make a difference in the Hawaii Republican Party, but I still believe there's hope for other Republicans in other states."

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