While most people have been waiting for a big thud to signal the end of Donald Trump‘s quest to become president of the U.S., it will most likely be in the form of “a giant sucking sound” of leaders and lawmakers dashing away from next month’s GOP convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
The progression away from Trump has begun with a slow hum. Utah Rep. Mia Love “joined the ranks of Republican leaders and lawmakers who will be skipping their party’s convention next month, saying that she would instead visit Israel with a congressional delegation,” she told the Salt Lake Tribune:
“I don’t see any upsides to it,” Love said Friday. “I don’t see how this benefits the state.”
She’s the only member of Utah’s 40-person delegation to back out of the convention, though others are considering it, largely over opposition to Trump.
Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox previously said: “I have not been supportive of Mr. Trump, and I’m not really excited to go back to a convention that’s centered around him. … There’s a chance I don’t go.”
Love’s decision represents a big blow to Trump and the party when he needs voters of color more than ever, especially if he is to win the general election. She was the first African-American Republican woman elected to Congress, and garnered a prime-time speaking slot at the 2012 Republican Convention. Now, not only will she not attend the convention, she will also give up her seat as a delegate, notes CNN.
“She did not say Friday whether she was skipping it because of Donald Trump, nor has she said if she will vote for him in November,” the report says.
Love is not the only one. On Sunday, George Will, the conservative commentator and columnist, announced that he changed his voter registration to “unaffiliated” 23 days ago and has left the Republican Party because of Trump, writes CNN.
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