Congressman cites Trump’s attempts to thwart elections in announcing GOP decision to step down
“This party must first stand for democracy, first and foremost for our constitution, not political opinion,” Mitchell told CNN’s The Lead.
“A candidate should not be defended. Not just for basic political power. I feel that is what was happening. That was enough for me.”
“It is unacceptable for political candidates to regard our electoral system as a third world nation and to provoke distrust in fundamental matters such as the sanctity of our votes,” Mitchell wrote in his letter, which was sent on Monday.
Mitchell noted that Republican leaders “sit together and tolerate (unsubstantiated) conspiracy theories and ‘stop stealing’ rallies without speaking to our electoral process, and the last straw for him seemed to be the” leadership “that our Republican convention in the Republican Party and Assembly is actively participating in at least some of the efforts.”
He echoed the news later on Monday, saying on CNN, “Anyone who joins politics must be willing to accept success and failure with some degree of maturity or maturity. I have done both. Losing is horrible, it hurts, but if you do not want to accept it, You should not be a political leader. ”
“This country needs it so much. Unfortunately, we have not proven it as much as we should.”
Last week, 126 House Republicans, including the top leadership, signed a lawsuit. The Texas Attorney General sought to block all votes in the four states that Biden won in the U.S. Supreme Court – Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – voters for Trump, and they joined the case. Called “junk” and “crazy” by lying and conservative legal experts, the complaint was briefly dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Despite numerous anti-democratic efforts by his colleagues, Mitchell has been outspoken in criticizing various unsubstantiated GOP attacks on the election and standing up for voters and the facts.
“Oh my God,” Mitchell tweeted last month, “@realDonaldTrump please leave these arguments without evidence or factual basis for the sake of our nation. #Stopstepit.”
Following Trump’s vow in a Fox News interview aired Sunday morning, Mitchell tweeted: “The courts have asked for ‘evidence’ provided by ‘fraud’ and have found it unsubstantiated many times.”
“Continuing this circus is … very damaging … very useless … very narcissistic … what about our country?”
Voters face formal ballots for the presidency and vice president Monday, but the outcome of the election is known for weeks: Biden won 306 of Trump’s 232 votes. Biden became the first presidential candidate to win more than 80 million votes, surpassing his popular vote tally of 7 million.
Mitchell’s exit from the GOP underscores tensions within the party over how to respond if Trump does not agree after the election college referendum. While a growing number of Republicans in the Senate are ready to publicly acknowledge Beden’s victory, Republicans on Capitol Hill are widely in favor of Trump or ignoring his daily conspiracy theories altogether.
The president’s staunch bodyguards are urging him to fight his loss upstairs in January.
It is not uncommon for the defeated candidate’s most ardent supporters to take their case upstairs – after the 2016, 2004 and 2000 presidential elections. But it is unusual for a failed candidate to launch a week-long public campaign aimed at sowing discord and distrust in the pillars of democracy, something that Trump has relentlessly done since losing the race.
Mitchell, one of the wealthiest members of Congress and a member of the Conservative Republican Study Group, was elected to the House in 2016. He voted for Trump that year, again earlier this year. He has previously publicly invited the president, but in principle, remains a strong supporter of Trump, with 95% of the vote, with Republican National Committee leader Rona McDonnell, fellow Michigan, and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
The congressman from the 10th District of Michigan added McDonnell aside in his letter, saying he hopes she knows better, especially when it comes to any allegations about Wolverine’s state.
Biden led Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, helping him rebuild the “blue wall” of the Great Lakes states that helped Trump win four years ago.
GOP efforts have focused on voter turnout in Wayne County – which is the largest in the state – which is proportionally black and Detroit. But Mitchell writes to McDonnell, “President Trump did not lose Michigan because of Wayne County, but he lost because of declining support in areas including the former Republican strongholds of Kent and Oakland County. It was a little more than the votes. “
Mitchell, who was elected Sophomore class representative to the House GOP leadership, announced in July 2019 that he would not be running for a third term. Earlier that month, he openly condemned the president’s racist attacks on progressive Democratic women, falsely claiming that they were not naturally born American citizens.
“வேண்டும்realDonaldTrump We should be better off with comments like this. I share political frustration with some members of the other party, but these comments are below the leaders,” he said.
Towards how his decision would work on Monday, Mitchell acknowledged that he would be “abused by the far left and the far right.”
“In my opinion, the extremes of both parties are dragging their parties and this country down a cliff. The majority of Americans are in the middle. The majority of Americans want to solve problems – we want to address them, not see who can get a political victory. Who can gain political power?” Don’t look, there’s really something the American people can do to solve a problem, “he continued.
“Obviously we did not do it enough – the last two words did not do it enough. This election confirms to me that it was about power in the first place, and, frankly, disgusting and depressing.”
Paul LeBlanc of CNN contributed to this report.