An Iowa state senator became the first elected official to leave the Republican party over Donald Trump on Tuesday. State senator David Johnson compared the presumptive nominee’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Johnson said that he was changing his registration to No Party after Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American judge of Mexican heritage, of bias. Trump not only believes Mexicans cannot do their jobs as judges, but Muslims as well. Oh, and women.
“I haven’t supported Mr Trump at any point along the way but what I am calling his racist remarks and judicial jihad is the last straw,” Johnson told The Guardian.
Johnson compared Trump’s run for the Republican nomination to the rise of Hitler and said 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 added, “I think that’s all I need to say, but certainly the fascists took control of Germany under the same types of strategies.”
Johnson went on to condemn Trump’s ‘ban Muslims’ proposal. The State Senator referenced his father who he said was in the first American unit to liberate a Nazi prison camp.
“I was raised without hearing any racial slur, any racial epithet,”Johnson said. “It’s something that if we’re going to exclude Muslims from traveling to the United States, who’s next? Are we going to come down on Jews? … He’s not fit to be president.”
Johnson said there is “definitely an innate bigotry” among a large share of Trump voters. “It really hurts for me to say that, but it’s true,” he said.
Earlier today, Senator Mark Kirk condemned Trump’s remarks, too. He said, “While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”
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