Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan noted in a letter on Monday that he was leaving the GOP.
In a letter addressed to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), he explained his decision to leave his party despite years of support.
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Mitchell explained that politicians must be willing to accept the outcome of elections whether they win or lose.
“It is 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,” said Mitchell. “Further, it is unacceptable for the president to attack the Supreme Court of the United States because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that ‘the Court failed him.’ It was our Founding Fathers’ objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations.”
Mitchell said, “If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and ‘stop the steal’ rallies without speaking out for our electoral process, which the Department of Homeland Security said was “the most secure in American history,” our nation will be damaged.
Mitchell decided to agree with sentiments shared by many GOP members that there had been issues surrounding the election.
Mitchell was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, where he has represented the 10th Congressional district.
Sources: CNBC and USA Today; Photo: ABC News