A RINO Republican State Senator announced he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent.
A longtime GOP legislator in Arkansas on Thursday announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent, saying the violent pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “the final straw.”
“This comes after many sleepless nights; a lot of serious consideration; and it comes with sadness and disappointment,” Hendren said in an announcement. “But it’s clear-eyed. I’m making this decision because my commitment to our state and our country is greater than loyalty to any political party.”
Hendren said that he’s watched a “systemic change at the core of our politics that emboldens our worst impulses, the most extreme thinking, disables policymaking, and hurts all of us.”
While not explicitly naming former President Trump, Hendren alluded to several of Trump’s controversial remarks. He referenced Trump’s 2015 comments calling Mexican nationals “rapists” and “murderers,” as well as his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“I watched the encouragement of the worst voices of racism, nationalism, and violence. And I watched my service, and the service of my fellow soldiers, dishonored with the ridicule of a gold star family whose son had served with distinction,” Hendren, a military veteran, said.
He also cited Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of “fair and free election” leading up to the Capitol riot.
“I asked myself what in the world I would tell my grandchildren when they asked one day what happened and what did I do about it? At the end of the day, I want to be able to tell my family, my friends, and the people I serve that I did everything I could to do right by them. I want each of you to know that, even though I’m making this decision, I haven’t changed,” Hendren said.
He released this video:
Arkansas GOP Chairwoman Jonelle Fulmer responded pointing out he is leaving because he isn’t a Conservative:
NEW: @ARGOP chairwoman Jonelle Fulmer says this is an attempt to “garner press for a future independent candidacy for governor” – citing he can’t compete with the “conservative records of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge or Sarah Huckabee Sanders.” #arnews #arpx @KATVNews pic.twitter.com/Quj13Myupc
— Marine Glisovic KATV (@KATVMarine) February 18, 2021
Of course, the truth is what was said in the statement from Jonelle Fulmer. Any republican attacking the MAGA movement is not a conservative.
Henderson knew the base of the party didn’t support him anymore so he left.
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