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Young GOP Leader Quits Party Because He Can’t ‘Stomach’ Trump’s Tweets

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A reported up-and-coming leader within the Virginia Republican Party decided to quit the GOP because he could no longer stomach the actions and language coming from President Donald Trump.

Kyle McDaniel, an aide to Republican Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity, announced his resignation in a Tuesday letter to the state’s party chairman, declaring he “could no longer stomach” Trump’s language after his “shithole” comments, reports The Washington Post.

McDaniel, who also worked on the Republican Party’s state committee in Virginia, cited his inability to tolerate Trump’s comments on countries like Haiti and Africa, as well as fellow party members’ previous defenses of white supremacist actions during the Charlottesville riots in August 2017.

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“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote. “I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”

McDaniel now considers himself to be an independent, telling WaPo that while he might support candidates in the future, he has no plans to return to the Republican party as a potential candidate.

“I’m totally out,” the former Republican told WaPo. “I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out. I’m independent.”

Trump sparked outrage last week when he reportedly referred to countries like Haiti and Africa as “shitholes,” before asking those gathered at a private meeting why the country was not letting in more immigrants from Norway or Asia. Trump has denied using that language, though he acknowledged that he used “strong language.”

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