A top Republican party official in Indianapolis just went public with his departure from the party, quitting in disgust after the Senate voted to cover up President Trump’s crimes of office by blocking witnesses at his trial.
Ed Adams served as an enthusiastic, elected Marion County Precinct Committeeman in Indianapolis where he volunteered for Sen. Todd Young’s (R-IN) election in 2016.
The Republican party official is part of a growing trend that led #ILeftTheGOP to trend on Twitter last week after Gallup polling revealed their data indicated a growing percentage of registered Republicans have abandoned the party nationally in just the last three months.
Adams’ decision wasn’t taken lightly. He wrote in his resignation letter:
“After watching the impeachment process transpire, it has become patently obvious that nothing remains of the party I knew and faithfully served.”
“It has become the party of Donald Trump with cultish enthusiasm…I really wanted to be one of the last guys hanging around with the janitorial mop and bucket to clean up the mess when it’s all done. Because at some point Trump will be done. He’ll be gone. But the question is, what’s left? But right now I just don’t see anything left.”
Many Republican partisans have stuck around the party through the Trump-era, hoping to be there when the smoke clears in order to rebuild what used to bill itself as the Party of Family Values.
Unfortunately, the only family values being practiced in Trump’s GOP resemble New York’s Five Families from the Godfather saga.
Last week, Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaned on two occasionally “moderate” members in his caucus, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to shut down what had been reported as support to call witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial.
Rank and file enthusiasts are the backbone of any national party’s efforts to win elections—especially the presidential race—and if Ed Adams’ comments are any indicator, there have to be quite a lot more disgruntled partisans in Trump’s Republican Party.
Adams’ letter also said his local party has become a “propaganda shill” for Trump and has given up on getting people enthused and involved, but it was the GOP’s taste for burying its head in the sand to protect its own is what overwhelmed him:
“For the life of me I don’t understand why people don’t want the truth. American people deserve the truth — and why are you enabling the hiding of truth?”
“I am a Republican at heart with the party of Lincoln and Reagan — that’s my party. What we have today is the party of Donald Trump, and that is not my party.”
On the state level, Ed Adams complained that the Republican Pary hasn’t done anything to force out Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill over major allegations of sexual assault.
Impeached President Donald Trump’s trial is still technically ongoing, but his GOP cronies have turned it into a kangaroo court in stark violation of their oaths of the office leaving his acquittal forever in doubt.
However, the Republican Party has lost Ed Adams—one of its building block members—and with him very likely hundreds more, or thousands more formerly enthusiastic conservative activists who are disgusted that the rules apply to them, but not to their exalted elected officials, who are allowed to cheat in elections with impunity.
If enough GOP committeemen like Adams do bolt from the party, it hopefully will permanently damage their electoral chances both in the 2020 presidential election and all the way down the ticket into the state and local races.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition