This 2020 election really did separate the wolves and the sheep.
Representative Paul Mitchell of Michigan has recently come out and said he’s no longer a Republican.
Mitchell in an interview with CNN said Republicans supporting Trump are “collectively sit(ting) back and tolerate(ing) unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop the steal’ rallies without speaking out for our electoral process,” and now has changed his party affiliation to an Independent.
It looks like Rep. Mitchell wanted his five minutes of fame and now he has it.
Today I am disaffiliating from the Republican Party.
See my letter below: pic.twitter.com/76IxC4FMvJ
— Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) December 14, 2020
Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan, a two-term Republican who voted for President Trump this year, announced on Monday that he would immediately sever his ties with the Republican Party over its refusal to accept the president’s election defeat. https://t.co/RqSi7x4hL7
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 14, 2020
Rep. Paul Mitchell is leaving the Republican Party, the Michigan congressman announced today, citing his dismay with President Donald Trump and the party’s efforts to delegitimize the 2020 presidential election https://t.co/1fiWWoOBG8
— POLITICO (@politico) December 14, 2020
CNN covered Mitchell’s departure:
In an exclusive interview, Rep. Paul Mitchell, Republican of Michigan, told CNN that his disgust and disappointment with President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election have led him to request that the Clerk of the House change his party affiliation to “independent,” and to notify GOP leaders in a letter that he is withdrawing his “engagement and association with the Republican Party at both the national and state level.”
“This party has to stand up for democracy first, for our Constitution first, and not political considerations,” Mitchell said on CNN’s “The Lead.”
Mitchell, who is retiring at the end of this session of Congress, says he fears that the House GOP leadership’s participation in the outgoing President’s conspiracy theories and attempts to disenfranchise millions of American voters to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory could cause “long-term harm to our democracy.”
Watch GOP Rep. Paul Mitchell, who voted for Trump, announce he is leaving the Republican Party and becoming an Independent:pic.twitter.com/Ym6rvaA71a
— The Recount (@therecount) December 14, 2020
U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, from Macomb County, leaves Republican Party over Trump's efforts to overturn election https://t.co/aNtQRDCRQ9
— WWJ 950 (@WWJ950) December 14, 2020
The Detriot Free Press covered the story too:
U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden left the Republican Party on Monday, saying in a letter to officials that it was “unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote.”
The letter and Mitchell’s decision was first reported by CNN. Mitchell, who was already set to leave Congress next month after declining to run for a third two-year term this year, had been one of the few Republicans in Congress to say that Biden had won the election and that Trump needed to accept it.