Former Republican Party strategist and MSNBC political commentator Steve Schmidt announced that he will be switching his voter registration to the Democratic Party on Monday’s edition of his Battleground podcast.
Schmidt, who chaired Senator John McCain’s 2008 bid for the White House, left the GOP in 2018 and became an Independent.
“I spent 29 years as a Republican, I’ve spent two and a half as an independent, and later this afternoon I will register as a member of the Democratic Party,” Schmidt explained to co-host David Plouffe. “Because in America today, it’s only the Democratic Party, which is the oldest political party in the world, that stands for the ideas and ideals of American liberty.”
Since abandoning the hapless Republicans, Schmidt has emerged as a formidable soldier against President Donald Trump. Schmidt is one of the founders of The Lincoln Project, a post-partisan never-Trump political action committee.
Schmidt blasted the GOP for embracing the ugliness of white nationalism and validating the seditiousness of vigilante militias into the “the mainstream part of [the] coalition.”
Democrats, on the other hand, have the best interests of the American people at heart.
“I think we win – and by we, I mean America – or they win, and I think the place where that fight will take place from is in the Democratic Party,” Schmidt said.
Plouffe, who as manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was once Schmidt’s political arch-rival, delighted at the news.
“Well, we’re glad to have you, welcome brother,” Plouffe said.
Thirty-six days until the inauguration.
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