Transcript for Rob
Louis, Missouri, and I am here today
because the Republican party, after my
entire adult life, no longer wants me.
There's two criteria now to be in the GOP.
First is you must be obedient to Donald
Trump, and two, you must hate and
treat as your enemy any and everyone
who doesn't follow rule number one.
And I can safely say that I will never,
ever vote for a Trumpian candidate again.
Not in a primary, not in
a general election, never.
My party left me, and I
guess I'm an independent now.
Transcript for Pat
from Savannah, Georgia.
And I have been a Republican since
I was 18 years old, and have always
been a staunch Republican and
very involved in politics, local
politics and national politics.
And I had to leave my party
the last presidential election.
And that's the first time I've
said it out loud to anyone, but
I had to do what I had to do.
You know, I couldn't find a
Republican in DC that would
stand up except for Liz Cheney.
I became a huge fan of Liz Cheney.
I feel like she needs support
thrown behind her, but how much
power does she really have?
I feel like we're losing it.
I really feel like we are
literally losing the party.
Transcript for Donna
I live right outside of Atlanta,
Georgia, and I am a lifelong Republican.
I was extremely disappointed when
Trump was nominated to start.
So going way back to 2016, I
think that really kind of made
me question a lot of things.
I thought the Republican party would
rise to the challenge, would realize
that he wasn't in keeping with our
principles, and that would be the end.
But the cowardice of the Republican
leaders, led me to kind of start
fading away from the Republican party.
And again, I'm no left-wing liberal.
I mean, I am somebody who worked for
Ronald Reagan, and I could not see
any connection between Republican
principles and what leaders like Kevin
McCarthy and Mitch McConnell were doing.
So I became an independent.
I started researching other candidates.
I started voting for other
parties and other people.
January 6th to me was
a point of no return.
When I saw what was happening at
the Capitol and I saw the excuses
that were made and the silence
from the GOP leadership, that
convinced me that this was not
going to be an easy reconciliation.
And in fact, I wasn't going
to be able to reconcile my
principles with the party anymore.
Where's the Republican conscience?
We don't have a conscience anymore,
and that is really scaring me.
Transcript for Alfred
I've been up until 2020 a
die-hard Republican conservative.
The Republican that I was years ago is not
the Republican party that I know today.
They are morally bankrupt on
just about any democracy issue.
I don't see any change
until the 2022 elections.
That's going to determine the
direction of the Republican party.
But it doesn't mean I'm
going to flip the switch.
I have to see it in action.
In other words, action more than talk.
Transcript for Claire
I live in Lexington, Kentucky.
I am a disgruntled,
I'm embarrassed to say I voted for Trump.
I had been disgusted all
through Trump's presidency, but
January 6th was the last straw.
When I look at the GOP as I've
grown up and the GOP today,
I don't even recognize them.
The GOP, I used to think, was a party
of compassion and intelligence and
reading and understanding the issues.
Whereas today, they're off on
whatever Trump says is gospel.
Transcript for Martin
I live in Nashville, Tennessee.
When I was a young man, the GOP I
associated with was really the party
of ideas, full of intellectuals,
serious people, good people.
And what I see now is that there's
at best a pandering to the base
that fuels this unhealthy populism.
That's at best!
At worst, I see at least toleration for,
but also jumping, you know, completely
into these conspiracy theories.
When we start tolerating this
stuff, well, that's a cancer.
I will continue to withhold my vote until
I see a return movement toward coherence,
toward integrity, toward good faith.
Transcript for Kim
am a former Republican.
On January 6th, that night, or I guess
it was the next day, I went online
and just changed my party registration
to NPA and said I'd had enough.
I feel like I'm in limbo right
now because we need a two party
system, a strong two party system,
and we don't have that right now.
And as long as it's a party of conspiracy
theories, we're never going to have it.
Transcript for Doug
people that I would never vote for.
I've been a Republican for many,
many years, and have maintained
my Republican registration.
But I do have a concern that the
Republican party has reached a point
where it no longer fully reflects the
principles and values that I think
made it in line with my feelings.
You know, we started out with the Tea
Party using a pejorative term for those
people that they disagreed with in the
Republican party, that term "RINO."
You know, I certainly would probably
fit their definition of that term.
Transcript for Baoky
from the state of Georgia.
Been a Republican all my life
since the college Republican days.
I still consider myself a Republican,
but I consider this Republican
party to be one that's in name only.
It is simply unfathomable to
me that today's Republican
party has become anti-science,
and very flat earth oriented.
This party is no longer
looking for solutions.
It's looking for only what drives them
to power, using anger and misinformation
and lies to get what they want.
Transcript for Eliza
I'm a registered Republican.
Now I vote for who I want to vote for in
every election, which increasingly is not
Republicans because I'm very disappointed
about where the party has been going.
Back in the 2016 primary, all those
guys who were very clearly against
Trump and standing up against
Trump flipped and endorsed him.
The party decided it was
more important to win than to
maintain some sort of integrity.
As the party gets more extreme, the
moderates are leaving, and what's left
is the people who are more extreme.
So it's only going to get worse.
Transcript for Greg
I live in central Florida.
I've been a registered Republican since
I was 18, and very much second-guessing
that decision as the days creep on.
I just never thought a party of
strong character and moral value
could shift so far away from its
founding, and it just has me sick.
I don't think there's anything about
the current climate of the GOP that
aligns with anything evangelicals should
stand for, and I just think it's crazy.
The cult of Trump is the new norm,
and I think that's disastrous
and pretty much a tipping point for
the future of this party in America.
Transcript for Jon
Florida, and I've been a Republican
since I was 18 years old.
And I was inspired by Ronald
Reagan, the examples that he set,
and as far as the Republican party
nowadays, I don't recognize it.
It's not the party that I signed up for.
And I reject what they're
If the Republican party
continues on this way, then they
don't deserve to have power.
They've given up.
They've given up on their values, and
now it's just a wide open power grab.
So that's scary to me, cause
they had the insurrection on
January 6th, and so many of them
supported it then and still do now.
And they know what that is.
They know the danger
of what they're doing.
Transcript for Kimberly
And I've been a Republican
since I was able to vote at 18.
As I got older and actually learned more
about the platform, I appreciated the
idea of a smaller government, having
more autonomy in the state that you
live, being fiscally responsible.
But they've gotten so far away from
those ideals as far as concentrating
on that and working on that, and it's
become such a party of extremism.
I feel like the Republican party,
whatever little heart they had
is now like a little black dot.
It's completely gone.
There is zero compassion
for your fellow man.
I've never seen anything like it.
Transcript for Tim
I'm a moderate Republican
That whole election fraud thing
is just totally out of control.
And there's still people even today that
are still using a great deal of taxpayer
revenue to look for needles in haystacks.
Trump's refusal to concede and
the insurrection of January
6 truly broke me.
Transcript for Vaughn
I'm from Ohio and frankly I've been a
lifelong Republican, and so I wouldn't
say I've left the Republican party.
But I do feel like the party has left me.
Anthony Gonzalez was the representative
for US district 16 here in Ohio.
I thought he was a great guy.
Then he did vote to impeach
Trump based on that insurrection.
And all of a sudden his family started
getting all kinds of intimidating messages
and he decided not to run for reelection.
That's not politics.
That's much beyond that.
And it's something I just can't
comprehend, let alone understand.
Donald Trump encourages that type of
behavior, where really leaders, good
leaders, are going to call off the dogs.
They're going to criticize people that
are acting that way more than they would
It's just unacceptable behavior.