Republican California Assemblymember Brian Maienschein switched parties and blamed President Donald Trump for ruining the GOP.
“Donald Trump has led the Republican party to the extreme on issues that divide our country,” Maienschein said according to CBS Sacramento.
He said, in part:
“I believe that government exists to support families, protect the community and give people the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. At that time, I thought the Republican party stood for those values. I still believe in those values. Today’s Republican party does not. Donald Trump has led the Republican party to extremes that divide our country.
“But his leadership is not the only reason for my change in party affiliation. I too have changed. As the Republican party has drifted further right, I and my votes have shifted to the left.
“Leaving the Republican party is not easy. I can either keep fighting to change the Republican party, or I can fight for my constituents. I choose to use my energy and my skills to fight for the people that I represent.”