Resident switching from Republican Party after local GOP endorses Trump

Posted 28 February 2016 at 12:00 am


I have been a lifelong registered Republican, having voted for every party candidate for presidential election since Gerald Ford’s failed 1976 bid.

I have always considered myself a moderate Republican; conservative on fiscal issues and moderate on social ones. Over the last several years, I have seen my party change to the point that I no longer wish to be considered a Republican.

The final straw was the announcement that our local Republican Party has endorsed Donald Trump as President. To me, Trump is at best a blowhard, and at worst a dangerous person who could possibly lead our country down a dangerous road.

Any student of history can see similarities between the fervor that surrounds Trump, and the rise of other dangerous individuals that have attracted a disaffected portion of the electorate and have advanced themselves because there is not respected voice speaking out against them.

Trump not a Republican or a Democrat. He is an opportunistic buffoon who will say or do whatever will rile the crowds. I have decided to leave the Republican Party and have re-registered as an independent.

Thomas Minigiello