Why GOP officials are quitting
“A contagion has been spreading through the House Republican caucus,” said Matt Ford. In just the past two weeks, seven incumbents have announced they wouldn’t run for re-election in 2020, making it 11 so far this year. The biggest blow came when Texas’ Will Hurd “joined the exodus.” Often described as a future star within the party, Hurd—the lone African-American Republican in the House—is a moderate who represents a border district that is heavily Hispanic. In explaining why he’s leaving, Hurd included a strong criticism of the GOP’s current direction, saying, “Every American should feel they have a home in our party.” Under President Trump, that is undeniably no longer true, as he writes off people of color, educated women, and diverse suburbs and seeks to appeal solely to rural, mostly working-class whites. More House members are expected to retire; they are tired of having to turn a blind eye to Trump’s divisive rhetoric and erratic behavior, and know that if they don’t, they will be attacked and driven out of the party for disloyalty. “This is not a sustainable dynamic.” As long as Trump’s worldview dominates the GOP, the party will continue to shrink.