The Twitter hashtag #ILeftTheGOP was inundated with former Republican voters explaining why they left the party, with a lot of folks pointing to Donald Trump. Now, we could easily point to Ronald Reagan as a solid reason to have abandoned the Republican party years ago, but we’re not going to judge people if they’re just now waking up from the fog.
Besides, it’s a healthy topic to discuss during these polarized times, especially while the world witnessed a blatant coverup by Senate Republicans and the most incompetent response to a national emergency by any Republican president in history.
Columnist Cheri Jacobus launched the hashtag, asking others to share with the Twitterverse why they “cut the cord” and thousands of people promptly used the hashtag.
#ILeftTheGOP in July, 2016 as they nominated Trump.
When did you? Use the hashtag and give us your date!
Tag those you know cut the cord:)
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) January 27, 2020
Love that this trending. I was a college republican, local committee member, & worked on local, state & national campaigns for republicans. I made a promise that if Trump was the nominee I’d leave. I am now proudly a registered Democrat standing w/ the constitution. #ILeftTheGOP
— Matthew K. Pelkey (@MatthewPelkey) January 27, 2020
#ILefttheGOP when Trump became the nominee. Since then the Republican party has become abhorrent to me. I never voted along party lines, but there used to be a platform that I mostly agreed with. Not any more.
— Amy Smid (@anythingamy) January 27, 2020
#ILeftTheGOP because of Trump….this isn’t the party I voted for anymore….idk if I will ever go back.
— Peter Mitchell (@RadioMaverick24) January 27, 2020
#ILeftTheGOP once I realized that the bullshit I was being told by the people surrounding me was all lies. Conservatives don’t care about facts, so long as it benefits them. Donald Trump changed my opinion on everything. I finally saw the GOP for the monster that it is.
— guy who plays video games 🧢 (@LawngNose) January 27, 2020
#ILeftTheGOP in July 2016 after 31 years of membership when we nominated a third-rate con man as our presidential candidate.
— Dave Jensen, ex-GOP (@Seattle_Dave) January 27, 2020
I left the GOP in 2018 due to most of Donald’s insane, inhumane, divisive and unamerican policies. His compulsive lies, lack of respect for our constitution and his isolationist policies are not acceptable. 40 yrs as a Republican, I’ve had it! #ILeftTheGop Good riddance!
— Bob M (@Bobmac6344) January 27, 2020
#ILeftTheGOP after Trump became the Nominee. Reminding GOP senators they’ve lost a lot of moderates these past 4 years.
— Holly Tetreault (@hjeantetreault) January 27, 2020
#ILeftTheGOP after 30 years when I saw the GOP’response to Trump’s Helsinki performance. I did NOT vote for Trump, and will never vote Republican again. I am now, and always will be, a Democrat. The corrupt GOP has lost all semblance of credibility and strength.
— I Hate His Ass (@145Mainstreet) January 27, 2020
Conservatives tried to launch a #WalkAway movement in 2018 to claim that Democrats are fleeing the party but it was revealed to be an astroturfed campaign driven by pro-Trump Twitter users and amplified by automated and Russian-linked accounts. Trump supporters are not moderates. Republicans have become the party for extremists. Just walk away, conservatives.
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