GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseMcConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal Senate approves 4B spending bill Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt MORE (R-Neb.) acknowledged on Twitter Saturday morning that he “regularly” considers leaving the Republican Party.

Sasse responded to a Twitter user who said they switched from being a member of the Democratic Party to being a "no-party" voter and asked the GOP senator if he ever considered following suit.

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“Yep — regularly consider it (except the 'from Dem' part)” Sasse wrote. Sasse frequently criticizes his own party and President Trump.

Social media users quickly responded, arguing that Trump has pushed lifelong Republicans from the party.

“He is accelerating the trend, obviously,” Sasse said to the claim. “But it didn’t start two years ago. (Eg, you should check out the polling on the giant share of Democrats that believed George W. Bush knowingly concealed the 9/11 plot against America.)”

Multiple local and national Republicans have resigned from the party over the last year, many citing Trump or the party’s response to the presidency. They include local GOP officials in Oregon, California and Connecticut.

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats should be careful what they wish for Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Ohio) said in May that the Republican Party has been completely taken over by Trump.

"There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican Party is kinda taking a nap somewhere," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDemocrats should be careful what they wish for Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE said.

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWhy must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Trump to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday MORE left the party and said the GOP left him and others behind.

“I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it,” Comey said.

He said the party’s views now entirely reflect those of Trump’s.

"It doesn't reflect values at all. It's transactional, it's ego-driven, it's in service to his ego," Comey said.

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a former aide to the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ariz.) renounced the party in June and announced he will begin voting for Democrats.