Jennifer Horn, the former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party and co-founder of the anti-Trump GOP group The Lincoln Project, announced in a new op-ed Thursday that she is leaving the Republican Party as President TrumpDonald Trump Domestic Secretary Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Two Days Of Meeting With Officials: South Carolina Republican Report Tests Positive For Coronavirus Hours After Speaking On House Floor Trump To Name Giuliani’s Son For Role On Holocaust Memorial Council MORE and its allies are continuing their efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Horn said she “became a Republican” because she saw the party’s values as “a vote for equality, liberty and constitutional conservatism, with a rich history of fighting for what was right, because it was right.”
“For the past five years, however, I have fought for what I thought were my party’s principles, despite the deteriorating nature and integrity of the party representatives,” Horn wrote in the op-ed published Thursday by USA Today. “They revealed their impotence and decline as they fell one by one at the feet of the most corrupt, destructive and unstable president in our country’s history.”
“It seems that no attack on human dignity is too great, no attack on democracy too extreme to inspire the Republican weaklings in Congress to stand up to President Donald Trump,” she continued.
The former GOP state official accused elected Republican leaders of “keeping silent in the face of this president’s most disdainful and sometimes barbaric actions. They have defended and apologized for his accusatory betrayal. “
She added that “worst of all” some Republicans have “openly supported his efforts to sabotage the constitution and dismantle democracy as we know it.”
“Trump’s post-election attempts to invalidate millions of legitimate votes through abuse of the judiciary amount to nothing less than a coup attempt and have been openly encouraged and supported by every level of the Republican Party,” Horn wrote. who said Republicans did. “Humiliated themselves and disgraced our great nation” and that “Lincoln’s party is no more.”
Following President-elect Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his allies launched a series of legal challenges in states across the country in an attempt to reverse the results.
The Supreme Court last week rejected a Texas bid, which was also backed by 18 GOP state attorneys and 126 House Republicans, who sought to nullify Biden’s victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Horn said in the op-ed that she will change her voter registration from Republican to independent this week.
“I’m not doing that because of Trump, but because of everyone else in the party who openly embraces Trumpism, because of the party’s insidious leaders and a platform that advocates against equal rights for all,” she wrote.
Horn isn’t the only co-founder of the Lincoln Project to step down from the Republican Party this week. Longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt announced on an episode of the “Battleground” podcast published Monday that he is registering as a Democrat.