North Carolina Republicans enacted the worst voter suppression laws in the nation this past summer. And because of that and the general extremism of the entire party, one House candidate has switched his allegiance from the GOP to the Democratic Party.
Here’s why Jason Thigpen, an NC house candidate and war veteran, renounced the GOP and joined the Democratic party.
War veteran Jason Thigpen had been a member of the Republican Party. He was even running for Congress on the GOP ticket in North Carolina. But no longer. The purple heart recipient officially renounced the GOP in a message on his website on Monday.
“I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people,” Thigpen explained. “Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change. The government shutdown was simply the straw that broke the camels back. I guess being an American just isn’t good enough anymore… I refuse to be part of an extremist movement in the GOP that only appears to thrive on fear and hate mongering of anyone and everyone who doesn’t walk their line.”
Thigpen continued his manifesto by talking about how he didn’t risk his life fighting for his country only to see it wrecked by extreme right-wingers. Jason Thigpen called out the NC GOP for passing voter suppression laws. He believes the right to vote is sacred and shouldn’t be denied to any American.
“I didn’t go to war to defend the liberties and freedoms of one Party, race, sex, or one income class of Americans. Whether white, black, Hispanic, Asian, man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, rich, or poor – we fought together as equals, side-by-side for the benefit of every American in the same. So, to come home from serving our country and see North Carolina legislators using their super-majority status to gerrymander districts and pass a law to deliberately suppress and oppress the voting rights of Democrats but more specifically minorities and college students, is absolutely deplorable.”
Jason Thigpen even defended a woman’s right to choose, and had strong words for the GOP-led legislature that passed anti-abortion laws in North Carolina.
“This same group of spineless legislators piggybacked a motorcycle safety bill with legislation intentionally geared to shut down women’s health clinics because of their ‘right righteous’ beliefs on abortion, while then cutting funding to the programs which help feed and provide healthcare to the babies they invariably forced the same women to have. Sounds like the Christian thing to do, huh?”
Thigpen is now poised to challenge incumbent Walter Jones as a Democrat for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. If victorious, Jason Thigpen will go to Washington DC to serve his state in the House of Representatives.
Jason Thigpen isn’t the first Republican to jump ship due to how extreme the GOP has become.
This is just the second time in two weeks that a Republican has made the decision to jump ship in favor of the Democratic Party. Last month, Texas Judge Carlo Key also announced his departure from the GOP because the party has become too extreme.
Have people finally realized how destructive the GOP is?
The extremism of the GOP is driving moderates into the huge welcoming tent of the Democrats. Judges, military veterans, congressional candidates, and even voters are finally waking up to the fact that the GOP only stands for fear, hate, racism, sexism, and voter suppression. The zealots that have taken over the party care nothing about the US and they don’t give a damn about making our government work. Their only goal is to burn the government down, and the nation along with it. That being said, as long as extremism rules the GOP, it will continue shrinking until all that’s left is a few feeble Tea Party members. Then they’ll really be able to scream about becoming a minority. Only nobody will be sad about it. Everyone will simply cheer for the victory of sanity and reason.