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The Elephant out of the room

Top Bush, McCain strategist quits the Republican Party, calling Trump's 'internment camps for babies' the final straw

Steve Schmidt was a top campaign strategist for former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), so it is hardly a huge surprise that he is no fan of President Trump. But in a scathing series of tweets early Wednesday, he denounced today's entire "corrupt, indecent, and immoral" Republican Party and the "feckless cowards" who lead it (save for a few GOP governors).

The final straw, Schmidt said, was Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents. GOP icon Ronald Reagan "would be ashamed of [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House Speaker Paul] Ryan and all the rest while this corrupt government establishes internment camps for babies," he said. "Every one of these complicit leaders will carry this shame through history. [Their] legacies will be ones of well earned ignominy. They have disgraced their country and brought dishonor to the Party of Lincoln." The only solution to renew America "is the absolute and utter repudiation of Trump and his vile enablers in the 2018 election by electing Democratic majorities," not because of their "progressive agenda," but to save "DEMOCRACY and decency," Schmidt said. He concluded:

You can read Schmidt's entire goodbye letter on Twitter.