New Hampshire county commissioner quits GOP because of Trump

A Republican New Hampshire county commissioner is leaving the GOP because he feels the party has abandoned its values under President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE and become a "cult of personality that embraces bigotry."

Belknap County Commissioner Hunter Taylor announced his decision in a letter to state Republican Committee Chairman Steve Stepanek and Belknap County Republican Committee Chairman Alan Glassman, according to The Laconia Daily Sun

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Taylor, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, said that he reached his decision because the Republican Party had stopped serving as a reflection of figures such as Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. 

“The institutions upon which our form of government was built and has long operated have been compromised and corroded," Taylor, who has served as commissioner since 2015, said in the letter. "Our Constitution, the rule of law and separation of powers have all given way to presidential impulses.

“Governance by reason has been replaced by edicts via twitter. Fiscal responsibility is a thing of the past as the national debt has skyrocketed under the Trump administration. Financially endangered social programs, like Social Security, have gone unaddressed.”

Taylor, a retired attorney, said that he was changing his party affiliation to undeclared. He added in an interview with the Daily Sun that he would vote for a Democrat in the 2020 presidential election. 

Taylor noted in his letter that he had hoped Trump would grow into the job as president following his unlikely 2016 election. But he said it's "now apparent he will not."

“Passage of a sensible comprehensive immigration statute, which appeared on the brink of happening, was abandoned by Mr. Trump and replaced by continued harangues about building the wall, by inhumane treatment of refugees at the border, by cruel separation of families and by ongoing threats of deportation of undocumented individuals who have been longtime law-abiding and productive members of our society," he said. 

He later argued that the party "does not seek to unite ... it has become the party of ‘us’ and ‘them.'"

Glassman, the Belknap County Republican Committee chairman, told the Daily Sun that he had not yet received the letter. He added that "the Belknap County Republicans are very supportive of President Trump" and were working to reelect him in 2020. 

The New Hampshire Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.