A former Breitbart News spokesman says he is abandoning the Republican Party for the Democrats due to President Trump’s support of GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“President Trump and the Republican National Committee [RNC] 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,” Kurt Bardella said in a Friday op-ed for USA Today.
“This is not a party I want to be associated with any longer,” he continued. “This is not a party that is trustworthy enough to protect innocent children from sexual predators.”
“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.”
Bardella also previously served as a spokesman for GOP Reps. Brian Bilbray (CA), Darrell Issa (CA), Olympia Snowe (ME) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Trump on Monday endorsed Moore over Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the closely-contested race for Alabama’s vacant Senate seat.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” he tweeted.
“No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!” Trump added, referencing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“We need [Moore’s] vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges, 2nd Amendment and more.”
Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct after the first claims against him emerged last month.
One woman alleged that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.
Another woman claimed that Moore, a former justice on Alabama’s Supreme Court, sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Moore has steadfastly denied the allegations, labeling them as politically motivated attacks from Democrats and an unfriendly media.
The accusations have nonetheless roiled the race to fill Alabama’s open Senate seat before its Dec. 12 special election.