GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseCNN to partner with The Des Moines Register on polling ahead of 2020 Iowa caucuses Sasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal Beto O'Rourke seen as a top contender in 2020: poll 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 BoehnerThree Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus What insurgent Dems can learn from the Democratic Study Group Feehery: 5 reasons Pelosi should be Speaker 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 BoehnerThree Republicans battle to succeed Meadows at House Freedom Caucus What insurgent Dems can learn from the Democratic Study Group Feehery: 5 reasons Pelosi should be Speaker MORE said.

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks Trump lashes out at Comey over House testimony: 'All lies!' 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 McCainOvernight Defense: Senate Armed Services chair eyes Russia, China threats | Pushes Trump not to cut defense budget | Mattis says US looking for more Khashoggi evidence Dem strategist says Trump should not have attended George H.W. Bush's funeral Inhofe eyes Russian, Chinese threats in first major speech as Armed Services chairman MORE (R-Ariz.) renounced the party in June and announced he will begin voting for Democrats.