Mike Gillis has served in numerous Republican administrations over the decades. In an op-ed published in the New Yorker this Thursday, Mike Gillis announced that he’s leaving the Republican Party.
“…I cannot stand idly by and watch as these crooks take over the party I love. I cannot abide this coarsening of discourse, and so on and so forth, etc., etc. Here are the reasons that I am leaving the Republican Party,” Gillis writes.
According to Gillis, Trump is “ruthlessly” dividing the country.
“Brother pitted against brother, cat against dog, exterminator against cockroach, sentient robot against mad inventor. Americans must accept that, no matter our particular beliefs, we are all citizens of the United States—whether we be Republican or Democrat, Canadian or Bulgarian, Mesopotamian or Sumerian.”
In a message to his former party, Gillis says that “real Americans do not pledge fealty to a strongman.”
“They do not get down on their knees to kiss the boots of an elected official while crying, ‘Oh, I love you so much, mwah, mwah, mwah, such a nice boot, I love this boot,’ until, out of embarrassment, an aide has to slowly pry them off the guy’s leg,” he writes. “And then everyone is just kind of standing around, wondering, What the hell is that guy’s problem? Is he just obsessed with shoes, or what? Americans don’t do that. They don’t even like shoes that much.”
Read his full op-ed over at The New Yorker.