According to a report from the Associate Press, Maryland lawmaker, Del. Meagan Simonaire decided to leave the Republican Party on Monday due to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and behavior.
Simonaire, who represents a conservative district in Anne Arundel County, announced the change in her party affiliation, citing that she aligns more with Democratic views, and noting that Trumps “attacks” on minorities, women “and anyone who does not agree with him” were the deciding factors.
Simonaire spoke out in April about her parents considering therapy for her when she told them she was bisexual. She spoke about it during debate on a measure to ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors, a ban that was approved.
Simonaire isn’t the first Republican to speak out against Trump. Take Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba for instace:
Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) warned Americans that they will be “equally culpable in what [Trump] has planned for our great nation” if they don’t take immediate action against him.
“We are better than what this president suggests we are,” Villalba wrote in an opinion piece in The Texas Tribune’s “TribTalk.”
“We eschew ugliness and divisiveness,” he continued. “Donald J. Trump is no longer our leader. It is time to push him into the ash bin of history.”
The calls for impeachment grew much louder after the Trump/Putin meeting for what many viewed as Trump’s siding with Putin over American intelligence agencies in their assessment of the existence of Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election.