Ex-Breitbart spokesman comes out as a Democrat over Trump support of Moore

Ex-Breitbart spokesman comes out as a Democrat over Trump support of Moore
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A former spokesman for GOP lawmakers and Breitbart News is leaving the Republican Party for the Democratic Party over GOP leaders' support of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Alabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' The Hill's Campaign Report: Rising Klobuchar, Buttigieg face test in diverse states MORE.

Kurt Bardella, a former spokesman for Breitbart, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that he can no longer support the Republican party after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE and other leaders backed Moore, who is facing allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving teenagers.

“President Trump and the Republican National Committee are endorsing, supporting and funding Moore because they would rather elect a sexual predator who preys on underage teenagers at the local mall, than a crime-fighting prosecutor who happens to be a Democrat,” Bardella wrote.


“This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer. This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.”

Bardella said that he had left Breitbart after the publication refused to stand by reporter Michelle Fields following a physical altercation between Fields and then-Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiRod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders repeats with NH primary win, but with narrower victory Trump campaign chief relocating to Washington: report MORE at a campaign event.

He said that the longer he didn’t have clients to work for, “the more I came to realize that Republican positions on the most pressing challenges facing our society were out of alignment with what I believed.”

“This is a party that constantly buries its head in the sand on climate change, racial profiling, guns, LGBTQ equality, income inequality, food insecurity, paid family leave and the treatment of women,” he wrote.

“The embrace of Moore by the Republican Party’s top ‘leadership’ is all the proof you need to know that this is a party that no longer stands for anything.”

Trump has endorsed Moore in the Alabama Senate special election after Moore faced multiple reports of sexual misconduct, including one woman’s allegation that he initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32.

Moore has denied the allegations and has refused to drop out of the race, which is set for Tuesday.

Bardella said he was joining the Democratic Party because he believes it "will do more to protect the freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment than the Republican Party ever could."

"I believe that the Democratic Party will do more to ensure the survival of our planet and its natural resources than the Republican Party ever would," he wrote.

"I am throwing in with the Democratic Party because, at the end of the day, I believe its portrait of America is better than the one being painted by today’s Republican Party. And I want to be a part of it."

- This report was updated at 9:40 a.m. EST