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Emerging GOP Leader in Virginia Abruptly Quits Republican Party Because of Trump's Racism

"Today's Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments."

Kyle McDaniel alongside his wife, Katie, during a visit to the White House.
Photo Credit: Kyle McDaniel via Facebook

“I’m totally out." That's what 28-year-old Republican activist Kyle McDaniel, who served on the party’s state central committee for two years, told the Washington Post after President Donald Trump's leaked remarks calling African nations "sh*thole countries" and questioning why we should welcome more Haitian immigrants.

McDaniel has volunteered in Haiti with his church and considered adopting a child from the region with his wife.

“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote in his resignation letter to state party leaders. “I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”

McDaniel condemned Trump, and the Republican Party at large, writing, "It has become clear to me that today's Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments."

Officials in the state GOP are reportedly worried that McDaniel's public disowning of the party is representative of a growing trend among younger Republicans.

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) said he expected McDaniel, his former employee, to run for office in the future as a Republican.

McDaniels made it clear that a return to the GOP isn't in the cards for him.

“I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out," he said. "I’m independent.” 

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.