Elsa Alcala, a former Republican judge who once sat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, said Monday that she has decided to leave the Republican Party after decades, citing President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE’s “racism,” the Austin American-Statesman reports.

In a post shared from the retired judge’s Facebook page that has been gaining traction online, Alcala wrote, “It has taken me years to say this publicly but here I go. President Trump is the worst president in the history of this country.”


“Even accepting that Trump has had some successes — and I believe these are few — at his core, his ideology is racism. To me, nothing positive about him could absolve him of his rotten core,” the post continued.

In a follow-up interview with the Austin American-Statesman released on Tuesday, Alcala said that recent tweets from Trump, in which he told four lawmakers to “go back” to their countries, played a role in her decision, telling the paper that she believes Trump is working to exclude “people who look like me.” 

“Every day with the Republican Party seemed worse than the day before. Trump speaks about brown people like me as lesser beings,” Alcala, who is a Latina, said. “It’s cliche to say, but the Republican Party left me.” 

“I thought that maybe Texas state politics at the Legislature might be better than the national Republican politics, but it was more of the same,” she also said, referring to the support Trump has enjoyed throughout his term in office from the national Republican Party and local chapters. 

The retired judge also said on Facebook that “any of the viable Democratic presidential candidates are superior to the status quo."

“The current Republican Party supports Trump, so I cannot support that party in Texas or nationally. The past Republican administrations were not Trump-like — they wanted an inclusive party — and I appreciate their past support of me, but that is no more,” she added.

Trump has been under fire the past few days for telling four minority Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot Team Biden offers alternative reality on border crisis with no plan to fix it Progressives' majority delusions politically costly MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage Progressives push White House to overturn wage ruling MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHouse Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot Pressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar Omar: 'Disappointing' that we're 'sending money to less people than the Trump administration' House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (Minn.) — to “go back” to their home countries. 

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were born in the U.S., and Omar is a naturalized citizen.

The House voted on Tuesday to approve a resolution condemning Trump's tweets targeting the minority congresswomen as racist. Four Republicans broke party ranks to join all Democrats in passing the measure.