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'I was enabling them': This GOP operative realized he couldn't stop the dark forces in his party — and left

November 25, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

In Trumpworld, one of the worst things a Republican can be called is a “RINO” or “Republican In Name Only” — and conservative activist Tim Miller has been called that many times this year for his vehement opposition to President Donald Trump and support for President-elect Joe Biden. Miller, who served as communications director for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, remained in the Republican Party until recently despite his disdain for Trumpism. But on the conservative website The Bulwark, Miller explains why he has finally left the GOP after many years.

“This year, the Republican Party elected officials, with one Willardian exception, were united behind a birther who tried to ban people from travel based on their religion, told American Black women to ‘go back’ where they came from, and put a White nationalist collaborator in charge of our immigration regime,” Miller explains. “So today, it’s me who is heading for the exits. They have been clearly marked.”

Miller points out that there were reactionaries in the Republican Party long before Trump’s presidency, but under Trumpism, they have become especially outspoken. And looking back, Miller now says that the reactionaries were more prominent in the GOP in the past than he wanted to acknowledge.

Miller explains, “While Donald Trump and John McCain are polar opposites as men, the forces driving the illiberal and nativist elements of the Republican Party were there the whole time.… The thing is, in 2008, I had convinced myself these forces were just the nuts out on the margins, while I was one of the good ones. What I didn’t realize — but probably should have — was that these forces weren’t as marginal as I thought. That I was enabling them, and that they were increasing in power within the Party throughout the entire time I was a professional operative.”

When Trump was elected president, Miller writes, it became impossible to ignore the role that extremism played in the GOP.

Miller writes, “Trump’s win forced me to get outside of my bubble a bit and try to understand his appeal outside the urban pockets of fabulousness I inhabited. It opened my eyes to the lasting structural racism and resentments that still plague our …read more

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