Kurt Bardella - lifelong Republican and former Breitbart spokesman - penned an op-ed in the USA Today Friday laying out exactly why he has chosen to switch teams and align himself with the Democrats. Coming of age during the George W. Bush era, Bardella says he does not recognize the Republican party he once called home, and he now believes the Democrats are better positioned to serve the American people.
Bardella's disillusion began during the 2016 election where Donald Trump captured the Republican party's nomination.
I couldn’t understand how so many in the GOP could stand by, silently, as Donald Trump and Steve Bannon remade and redefined the Republican Party. An unrelenting assault on the Constitution, the free press and freedom of expression while Republican “leaders” do nothing. Ignoring legitimate issues about race relations in America, environmental policy, gun reform and equality to instead pander to a lunatic fringe that subscribes to an ideology of hate and fear.
But the party's support for accused child molester Roy Moore was the last straw, for Bardella:
President Trump and the Republican National Committee are endorsing, supporting and funding Moore because they would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on underage teenagers at the local mall, than a crime-fighting prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat.
This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer. This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.
Watching his lifelong party become unhinged has driven him to appreciate what good he sees in the Democratic party.
I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to create equality in America than the Republican Party ever will.
I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to protect the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment than the Republican Party ever could.
I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to ensure the survival of our planet and its natural resources than the Republican Party ever would.
I am throwing in with the Democratic Party because at the end of the day, I believe its portrait of America is better than the one being painted by today’s Republican Party. And I want to be a part of it.