Ex-Republican lawmaker: I left GOP over Trump ‘flirtations with misogyny' and 'race-baiting’

Ex-Republican lawmaker: I left GOP over Trump ‘flirtations with misogyny' and 'race-baiting’
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Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) on Tuesday said that he left the Republican Party due to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's imprint, arguing that the president's "flirtations with misogyny" and "race-baiting" were among the reasons why he re-registered with no party affiliation.

"The inflection point for both my wife and I was when we found out we were expecting our first child," Jolly said in an appearance on MSNBC's "Deadline."

"And obviously you begin to study your associations a little differently. For us, obviously, it was the imprint of Donald Trump in the Republican Party ... His flirtations with misogyny, with race-baiting, a man of vacuous ideology, little conviction. The tone he has set for the party."

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Jolly added that his problems with the GOP also extend beyond the White House, blaming the party for what he says are economic, educational and cultural disparities that exist in the U.S. currently 

His comments came just weeks after he and his wife re-registered under no party affiliation. 

Jolly told the Tampa Bay Times that their decision was a "personal rejection of partisanship" and he echoed those sentiments while speaking on MSNBC.

"We are living in such a hyper-partisan world," Jolly said, before adding that he maybe can help lead the U.S. into a post-partisan environment as an independent. 

Jolly left office in January 2017 after losing a reelection bid to Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) in Florida's 13th District. He served in the House of Representatives from 2014 to 2017. 

Since his exit from the House, Jolly has repeatedly slammed the GOP and Trump. He said earlier this year that voters must help the Democrats earn a majority in the House if they wanted lawmakers to address gun control. 

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