A Connecticut official quit the Republican Party for betraying our nation’s constitutional system as the number of Americans abandoning the GOP continues to increase since the Capitol insurrection on January 6th.

Chip Beckett is a member of the Glastonbury town council, but after being a longtime Republican he left the party like so many other Republicans have done following the attempted overthrow of our democracy five months ago when right-wingers stormed the Capitol in a scheme to install disgraced former President Donald Trump as a dictator. 147 House Republicans and a handful of Senate Republicans would go on to vote to overturn the results of the 2020 Election.

It’s a betrayal of our Constitution that Beckett could not ignore, so he left the GOP and became an independent.

“You can have a bad administration, but when you have the acquiescence of the rank and file, that’s not a party I want to stand with,” he told the Hartford Courant. “I don’t think the national Republicans have represented our country well for a number of years. I don’t think they really believe in the constitutional system that we have.”

He’s not the only one. The Courant reports:

By early February, more than 6500 Connecticut voters had left the Republican Party since Election Day — a 300% increase from the number who fled during the three-month period after the 2016 presidential election. Reuters reported in February that more than 68,000 Republicans had left the party in recent weeks in Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, crucial states for Democrats’ hopes of keeping control of Congress in the mid-term elections in 2022.

That’s bad news for a party that wants so desperately to retake and stay in power. But as long as the GOP continues to bend the knee for Trump it will continue to watch Americans flee their party like rats abandoning a sinking ship. 74 million Americans voted for Trump in 2020, but that number is likely going to plummet in the next election and the GOP only has itself to blame.

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