Leaked contents from former national security adviser John Bolton's upcoming book sent shock waves through Washington, D.C. on Sunday and raised the possibility that Senate Republicans will be seen as engaging in a blatant coverup if they don't agree to have him testify.
In the wake of the Bolton bombshell, several former Republicans took to Twitter to explain why they left the party by using the hashtag "#ILeftTheGOP."
Among the former Republicans to tell their stories is economist Bruce Bartlett, who left the GOP 14 years ago and who says the party has only gotten worse ever since.
"#ILeftTheGOP in 2006 because I was appalled by George W. Bush's stupidity and voted in the Democratic primary that year to mark the occasion," he writes. "I have been happily independent since then."
#ILeftTheGOP in 2006 because I was appalled by George W. Bush's stupidity and voted in the Democratic primary that… https://t.co/kA7IURRUp3— Bruce "Snarking and Barking" Bartlett (@Bruce "Snarking and Barking" Bartlett) 1580132303.0
Bartlett was far from the only Republican to post their stories -- check out some more below.
@CheriJacobus @IAmSophiaNelson @BillKristol @JoeNBC #ILeftTheGOP in May 2016, after 30+ years, and I’m NEVER going… https://t.co/PKlsnjPzgp— JB’s a #LincolnVoter 🏴☠️🇺🇸 (@JB’s a #LincolnVoter 🏴☠️🇺🇸) 1580120159.0
#ILeftTheGOP after Trump became the Nominee. Reminding GOP senators they’ve lost a lot of moderates these past 4 years.— Holly Tetreault (@Holly Tetreault) 1580127597.0
Raised in a “republican by default” home, I followed suit but #ilefttheGOP during the Dubya / WMD days.— Bucky Cash (@Bucky Cash) 1580119548.0
#ILeftTheGOP in 2008, when 20 to 30 eighteen to twenty-five-year-olds were dying every week in Iraq. They ran their… https://t.co/InWPkt0YMG— fan of Bob Newhart (@fan of Bob Newhart) 1580124359.0
#ILeftTheGOP the day I watched our spineless party leaders stand by while Trump rode a wave of populist lies and cr… https://t.co/78V85rEQiK— HarryM (@HarryM) 1580126214.0
#ILefttheGOP right after Trump sewed up nomination by winning Indiana. I had voted for every GOP Prez candidate For… https://t.co/S3TLDNLlNi— John Kingston (@John Kingston) 1580123395.0
#ILeftTheGOP after 30 years when I saw the GOP’response to Trump’s Helsinki performance. I did NOT vote for Trump,… https://t.co/t352pdyleI— I Hate His Ass (@I Hate His Ass) 1580123523.0
#ILeftTheGOP in July 2016 when the party went Trumplican. https://t.co/TL1f87uYQU— Nancy Estes🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@Nancy Estes🇺🇸🏴☠️) 1580097582.0
#ILeftTheGOP mentally in July 2016 when it became unbelievably clear that Trump was going to get the nomination. I… https://t.co/dMeKvTOnv1— Kylie Heintz (@Kylie Heintz) 1580098203.0
@CheriJacobus @IAmSophiaNelson @BillKristol @JoeNBC #ILeftTheGOP in March 2017 after the outrageous “wiretap” tweet from Mar-A-Lago...— USED TO BE G.O.P. (@USED TO BE G.O.P.) 1580097277.0