Iowa state Senator David Johnson has quit the Republican Party to protest what he called Donald Trump's "racist remarks and judicial jihad," The Guardian
Johnson's decision came days after Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican-American heritage had influenced his rulings in a case involving Trump University, due to Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Johnson, who has served in the Iowa state senate for 18 years, announced that he was changing his registration to No Party, apparently becoming the first elected official to leave the Republican Party due to disapproval of Trump.
Johnson compared Trump's rise to that of Hitler's, saying Trump won "by reducing his campaign to reality TV and large crowds and divisive language and all the trappings of a good show for those who like that kind of approach, and that's what happened in the 1930s in Germany."
Johnson also took Trump to task for his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US, telling The Guardian, "Who's next? Are we going to come down on Jews? ... He's not fit to be president."
"I want to be among those in the party who are willing to live up to Republican principles," Johnson said.
He also lashed out at Republicans such as Paul Ryan, saying it's "insanity" to denounce Trump as racist, but still vote for him.
"I don’t know how else you put it. I don't understand what people don't see happening here."
The Sioux City Journal
reported that Will Jones, a GOP county chairman in Johnson's district, criticized him and suggested Johnson resign.
"Being a Republican is about standing up for a certain set of values and convictions, not about being step for step with Trump," Jones told the paper.
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