The Nebraska Republican Party told GOP state Sen. John McCollister to register as a Democrat after comments he made accusing the party of “enabling white supremacy.”
“John McCollister has been telegraphing for years that he has little if nothing in common with the Republican voters in his district by consistently advocating for higher taxes, restrictions on American’s Second Amendment rights, and pro-abortion lobby,” Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Ryan Hamilton said in a statement. “His latest false statement about Republicans should come as no surprise to anyone who is paying attention, and we’re happy he has finally shed all pretense of being a conservative.”
Hamilton said he’d be “happy to send a change of voter registration form along to his office so he can make the switch officially and start, for once, telling the truth to voters in his district.”
McCollister issued a number of tweets on Sunday denouncing the Republican Party for "obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party."
The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth.— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 5, 2019
I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.
What I am saying though is that the Republican Party is COMPLICIT to obvious racist and immoral activity inside our party.— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 5, 2019
"He calls certain countries 'sh*tholes,' tells women of color to 'go back' to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth," he continued. "We have Republican senators and representatives who look the other way and say nothing for fear that it will negatively affect their elections. No more. When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing."
The El Paso, Texas, shooter reportedly posted an anti-immigrant, racist manifesto before the attack. Many critics of the president are placing blame for the mass shooting at his feet, drawing a link between the manifesto and President Trump's rhetoric on immigration.
On Monday, Trump condemned "racism, bigotry and white supremacy" and said "these sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”