Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell is leaving the Republican Party, and the House GOP’s involvement in Donald Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy theories is changing its attachment to the “individual”, leaving the Republican Party concerned about “the cause of the long-term damage to our democracy.”
Mr. Mitchell, who won his first congressional election in 201, the same year Mr. Trump won the presidency, did not run for re-election this year and is retiring in January.
In a letter received exclusively by CNN, Republican National Committee Chairman Rauna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Mr. Mitchell clarified his record on fundraising for other Republican candidates over the past four years, saying that Mr. Voting for.
But outgoing congressmen Ames McDaniel and Mr. McCarthy said he was “moving away from my engagement and cooperation with the Republican Party at both the national and state levels” because of concerns about what the party has done since the election.
“If Republican leaders collectively tolerate baseless conspiracy theories and hold a ‘stop theft’ rally without speaking out in favor of our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security says was the safest in American history, our nation will suffer. I strongly oppose these messages.” However, with the leadership of the Republican Party and the active participation of the Republican Conference in our meetings, I fear the long-term damage to our democracy, “Mr. Mitchell wrote in his letter.
The Michigan congressman has written to the U.S. House Clerk asking for his party’s affiliation to take effect immediately.
Mr. Michelle is the second Republican to blame this congress from his party. Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, a self-styled libertarian, ended his relationship with the GOP in December 2019, shortly before he voted to impeach Mr. Trump.
Last week, 126 of Mr. Mission’s Republican colleagues signed a lawsuit against Texas GOP Attorney General Ken Paxon challenging the results of the 2020 election in four decision-making swing states, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia.
The Supreme Court has ruled that Mr Paxton and his entourage should not stand to challenge how other states conducted their elections.
One of the legal defeats that the GOP suffered in the weeks following the election was that Mr. Trump-led party figureheads shouted about voter fraud, for which they provided little evidence.
Mr. McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stressed that while Mr. Trump’s behavior was normal, the U.S. president never ended these many legal and rhetorical deadlocks in his attempts to cling to power. Mr Trump is still refusing to concede defeat in the election, telling Fox News the weekend crusade is not over.
Meanwhile, a number of veteran supporters of the president are trying to persuade their fellow Republicans to support a plan to repeal Monday’s Electoral College results that officially brought President-elect Joe Biden closer to protecting the presidency.
Over the weeks, it has been predicted that Democrat Mr. Biden will be the 46th U.S. president.
Mitchell is one of a handful of Republicans who have actively confronted remarks centering on the legitimacy of the U.S. election, despite little evidence to support his claim against Mr. Trump.
GOP leaders acknowledged Mr. Trump’s lack of qualifications for legal challenge to the election results, giving him the opportunity to pursue his case without public opposition.
Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sassi and Utah’s Mitt Romney have expressed dissatisfaction with the rebel president’s remarks, saying the polling show has divided most parties because of their belief in the integrity of the US election results.
Last week, Mr. Romney told reporters that it was “madness” that some House Republicans, led by Alabama Congressman Moe Brooks, were trying to throw electoral college votes into the furnace over allegations of electoral fraud.
“It’s insanity. We have a process. Accounts are appropriate. It’s appropriate to go to court. It’s appropriate to follow every legal way. But it’s insane for voters to try not to do what the people voted to do,” the Utah Republican said.
In a letter to Mr Mitchell on Monday from Ames McDaniel and Mr McCarthy, he expressed confidence that they were putting parties across the country in debate over the integrity of the election.
Mr Mitchell wrote, “I believe that it is not the concerns of the Constitution or the integrity of the vote, but the raw political considerations of the political leadership that motivate many to support the ‘stop theft’ effort which is very disappointing to me.” As elected members of Congress, we support the US Constitution. And take an oath to ‘defend’, not to protect and defend the political interests of any individual, be it the President or anyone else, the nation for our cherished loss. “
The retired congressman further instructed that he would continue to support Republican political candidates, but that he could be more electoral.
“I will raise support, contributions and funds from individual candidates who reflect my favorite policies,” he said.