Donald Trump certainly has the support of the Republican party. This was clear on election day when he was able to win 75 million vote. It was also clear last week when over 100 GOP congresspeople signed on to a frivolous Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the election.
That does not mean, however, that Trump has the support of all Republicans. In July of 2019, congressman Justin Amash announced that he was leaving the party because of its support for Trump. And now another Michigan Rep., Paul Mitchell will also be leaving the party because of Trump.
Mitchell, who is retiring from the House of Representatives in January, wrote a letter about his choice to Ronna McDaniel and Kevin McCarthy. He began, “The weeks since the 2020 General Election have been traumatic for many in our nation, both voters and those of us who took an oath to serve this nation.”
The Michigan Rep. pointed out, ” President Trump did not lose Michigan because of Wayne County, but rather he lost because of dwindling support in areas including Kent and Oakland County, both previous Republican strongholds. In the 2020 election, President Trump lost Michigan by 154,000 votes, compared to 2016 when his margin of victory was slightly more than 10,700 votes.”
Mitchell closed, “I am writing to advise you both that I am withdrawing from my engagement and association with the Republican Party at both the national and state level. I will support, contribute to, and fundraise for individual candidates who reflect the principles I hold dear.”
You can read the full letter here
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.