New Jersey Republican Frank LoBiondo has joined a growing number of lawmakers in telling Donald Trump thanks, but no thanks, and giving up their seat.
LoBiondo, like Jeff Flake and many others before him, is disgusted with the state of things in the Republican controlled congress. In his statement, he specified that he isn’t retiring because of anything health related, or because he doesn’t think he can be re-elected, but because, “Those of us who came to Congress to change Washington for the Better through good governance are not the outliers.”
The Congressmen has been a thorn in the side of Republican leadership and has been a vocal opponent of the disastrous Republican tax plan being pushed through Congress right now, as well as the negative effect that would be caused by changing deductions for state and local taxes.
LoBiondo, who has served as a congressman since the 1990s, has joined countless other Republican lawmakers on the federal, state, and local levels who have thrown up their arms and given up on their party. Only one week ago two other house republicans announced they would not seek re-election, Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, as well as House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling.
This is in addition to Republican senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, who have been extremely upfront with their feelings about the president, with Bob Corker repeatedly referring to the current white house as a “day care center”.
For his part, Jeff Flake took to the floor of the United States Senate to denounce Trump and the current state of politics in the bluntest terms possible, saying, “We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is’ when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”
The legacy of Donald J. Trump might just be the complete destruction of the Republican party, as one by one every sane member decides they no longer want to be part of a club that has Donald Trump as a leader.
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