Over 100 Republicans including some ex-officials have signed a letter threatening to form a new party unless the GOP breaks with Trump.
The preamble reads “When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice.”
This comes as the House is expected to vote on whether to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her conference chair leadership role Wednesday.
Miles Taylor, an organizer of the effort and former Trump official who wrote an anonymous book critical of the administration said “this is a first step.”
“This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option,” he added.
“I’m still a Republican, but I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth because how quickly the party has divorced itself from truth and reason,” Taylor explained. “I’m one of those in the group that feels very strongly that if we can’t get the GOP back to a rational party that supports free minds, free markets, and free people, I’m out, and a lot of people are coming with me.”
Reuters reported signers include former Govs. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey.
Others named include former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and former Republican lawmakers Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Barbara Comstock of Virginia.
Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, tweeted “these losers left the Republican Party when they voted for Joe Biden.”