Is This The Beginning of a Trump-Fueled Exodus?

[DIGEST: The Guardian, Politics USA, Des Moines Register]

Iowa state Senator David Johnson expressed concerns with the “innate bigotry” of Donald Trump’s supporters and is the first elected official to leave the Republican party over Trump. Johnson announced he will change his registration to No Party after Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias after Curiel, who is of Mexican heritage, released documents related to a case against Trump University. Johnson was adamant that he had never “supported Trump at any point along the way,” and that his “racial remarks and judicial jihad is the last straw.”

Johnson also drew comparisons between Trump’s campaign and the ascendancy of fascism in 1930s Germany. Trump, says Johnson, not only became the presumptive Republican nominee “by reducing his campaign to reality TV and large crowds and divisive language and all the trappings of a good show for those who like that kind of approach,” but emulated the “fascists [who] took control of Germany under the same types of strategies.”

Iowa Sen. David Johnson. (Credit: Source.)

Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States did not escape Johnson’s ire either. “I was raised without hearing any racial slur, any racial epithet,” said Johnson, whose father was part of the first American unit to liberate a Nazi prison camp. “It’s something that if we’re going to exclude Muslims from traveling to the United States, who’s next? Are we going to come down on Jews? … He’s not fit to be president.”

Johnson, who has served 18 years in the Iowa state legislature and supported first Rick Perry and then Carly Fiorina in this year’s Iowa caucuses, criticized his fellow Republicans for allowing the “racial bias of a bigot” to fracture the party further. He also leveled accusations of hypocrisy against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan recently condemned Trump’s attacks against Judge Curiel, referring to them as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” Nevertheless, Ryan has still encouraged his colleagues to support the presumptive nominee, and reaffirmed his endorsement. “That’s insanity,” Johnson said. “I don’t know how else you put it. I don’t understand what people don’t see happening here.”

Paul Ryan. (Credit: Source.)

“If Mr. Trump is the nominee, he becomes the standard bearer for a party that’s on the verge of breaking apart,” Johnson elaborates. “He simply cannot

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