Donald Trump is why Oklahoma Republican is switching parties

I made the switch today (Thursday). I logged in to and switched my party affiliation. I have been a Republican all of my voting life, and I live in a red state.

Although I haven’t voted for a Republican for president in 12 years, I have remained a registered Republican until today for the sake of the primaries. With the current state of Oklahoma politics, primaries are essentially the only way to have a voice in our elections. I gave that up today and registered as an Independent because I can no longer in good conscience have an R next to my name.

Donald Trump took over the Republican Party by emboldening people based on who they hate and what they fear. He has brought out the very worst in us collectively — January 6th was unthinkable, but it is just one of the many new lows we have reached since Trump emerged on the political scene.

Trump followers don’t deny that he spoke of grabbing women by their genitals. They excuse it.

Trump followers don’t condemn him for inciting racists and telling the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” They endorse it with their silence and their votes.

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If they are following the 10 Commandments, Christians who support Trump hold their children to a higher standard than they hold their presidential candidate.

Trump supporters typically claim to be patriots, but continue to support an egotistical man whose self-serving actions tear at the very fabric of American Democracy.

In the beginning, some prominent Republicans spoke out against Trump, but since then far too many have fallen in line. Whether bullied into submission, won over by a lust for power, or suffering Stockholm syndrome, they line up to spout off for cameras and curry Trump’s favor.

In 2015, Lindsey Graham tweeted: “If we nominate Trump we will get destroyed…and we will deserve it.” On January 6, Lindsey ended his speech on the Senate floor as follows: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the President and the Vice President of the United States on January the 20th.”

Accepting Trump as the Republican primary front runner in the fall of 2023, Lindsey backtracked, not only fueling false “stolen election” claims but suggesting that Trump may be entitled to immunity for his actions.

On Fox News Sunday in February 2016, Marco Rubio said: “I don’t care if I have to get in my pickup truck and drive around the country like I did when I ran for the Senate, Donald Trump will never be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan.”

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In 2024, following a year-long “MAGA makeover,” he’s positioned himself on the shortlist of Trump running mates.

In 2016, J.D. Vance described himself as a “never Trump guy” and contemplated voting for Hillary Clinton, calling Trump “noxious” and “reprehensible.”

Last week, he was another vice president candidate, attending Trump’s trial in a matching tie and denigrating our justice system by comparing it to those of Cuba and Russia.

Of Trump’s actions on January 6th, Mitch McConnell described “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” and went on to say, “there’s no question — none — that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it.” In March 2024, he endorsed Trump’s presidential campaign.

These are a mere sampling of the outright hypocrisy of today’s Republican Party. The behavior of these men is just one of many reasons to remove the R next to your name in 2024. It’s easy, and it is necessary for those of us who truly understand what Trump represents.

Tulsan Lisa Lawrence has been a lifelong Republican. She’s a wife, mom, new grandmother and a retired Oklahoma teacher.

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