Former GOP Rep Says He Left Party, Distanced Himself From Trump to Set Example for Daughter

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With a baby on the way, former Florida Rep. David Jolly said he left the Republican Party to set an example for his future daughter.

As the Tampa Bay Times first reported, both Jolly and his wife re-registered as no-party affiliation weeks ago, but now Jolly is speaking out about the decision.

In addition to wanting to step away from Trump preceding the birth of his daughter, Jolly explained the divisiveness between the parties.

“It’s also just a personal rejection of partisanship,” he told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s a very comfortable place for us to be.”

The former congressman represented Florida and served from 2014 to 2017 before losing to Democratic opposer Charlie Crist.

Jolly’s departure from the GOP isn’t surprising considering he’s been a stark anti-Trumper. He often appeared on MSNBC to offer criticism of the president and the current state of the Republican Party.

In May of last year, Jolly said that “this is an embarrassing time to be a Republican” and challenged GOP members to stand up to the president.

“I would say to my former colleagues in Congress: Republicans, tonight, hold Donald Trump to the same standard of accountability that you held Barack Obama. You’re not doing it. You’re destroying your credibility, and you’re embarrassing the party.”

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More recently in August, Jolly went on MSNBC and said he hoped the party loses its majority in the November midterm election.

“I hope the GOP loses in November because I think we need a hard reset because I think under Donald Trump, we’ve abandoned who we are as a party,” he said.

“The question for voters in November is: do you trust Donald Trump and the Republican majority in Congress? Because I don’t think 51 percent of the country does,” he added.

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Jolly hinted that he is looking at running for office again but more likely as an independent.

“I anticipate at some point in the future my name will be on the ballot,” he told the Tampa Bay Times, “but I don’t know when that is or what office.”

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You are an idiot if you can’t make see the good President Trump has done already for this country. The real embarrassment for our country was Clinton and Obama. Do some research.

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Good man!!!! Trump’s definitely a scumbag.

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