A Democratic New York State lawmaker announced he would be supporting the GOP until Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer can “restore sanity and honesty” to the party.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind criticized Schumer in a letter blasting the New York Democrat for a fundraising mailer filled with attacks on President Trump.
The longtime Democrat from Brooklyn, who is not seeking re-election, revealed how the “letter was riddled with attacks on the ‘hard right’ but omitted vital information,” according to a post on Hikind’s Facebook page.
Democrat Hikind responds to Schumer’s plea for donations with ‘Hell No!’
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 5, 2018
“Senator Schumer, in your letter you promise to fight for Democratic values and go on at great length to fully villainize the current administration, but you left out certain facts that my fellow Democrats, to say nothing of all Americans, should also be aware of,” the lawmaker, who has served the 48th Assembly District for more than three decades, wrote, launching into several examples.
“You forgot to tell us about the economy. As good as it’s been, economists expect even more growth through the end of the year. That’s very good news, Senator,” he wrote, adding lower unemployment, increased U.S. energy dominance, the “remarkable relationship” between the U.S. and Israel as well as talks with North Korea, the dismantling of the Iran Deal and tax cuts for Americans.
The Democrat Party is “betraying the ideals that our party once stood for — American values,” Hikind added.
“As a fellow Democrat, I ask you to work to restore sanity and honesty to our party,” he wrote. “Until then, I’m afraid the Republicans have my support.”
Hikind’s rebuke of Schumer comes in the wake of increasing criticism of Democrats for divisive and violent rhetoric like that espoused by Rep. Maxine Waters who called for supporters to openly harass and intimidate Trump administration officials in public. In Montana, however, ahead of Trump’s rally Thursday evening in Great Falls, a Democratic Senator stepped outside the box and thanked the president .
Sen. Jon Tester welcomed Trump to his home state in full-page newspaper advertisements, thanking him for signing 16 Democrat-backed bills into law.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 5, 2018
Meanwhile, Hikind’s declaration about supporting the GOP was celebrated by supporters of the newly launched #WalkAway campaign which is a movement to abandon liberalism and the Democratic Party.
— Michigan GOP (@MIGOP) July 6, 2018
Dov do what I did. #WalkAway
— Reuben the MAGA guy (@sexyisis123) July 5, 2018
— lil’ Spidermonkey (@lilSpid3rM0nk3y) July 5, 2018
— Lou [BTC] ⚡ (@LouPalumbo) July 6, 2018
Thank you sir. I walked away from the Democrat Party in 2008 because of these kind of lawless shenanigans. I never looked back. You’ve earned my respect and I wish you well.
— 🇺🇸 uıqoɹıɹɹǝʇ 🇺🇸 (@terrirobin) July 6, 2018
Finally, a voice of reason #walkaway
— David II (@72davidg) July 5, 2018
This is a #walkaway on steroids! BOOM!
— Maxinne Aguas. (@maxinneaguas) July 6, 2018
— Deplorable Lauren (@LlovesWings) July 5, 2018
— ThOm GilmOre® (@ThOmGilmOre) July 6, 2018