Some of Georgia’s loudest voices in the Republican Party are sounding off in the presidential race — against their presumptive nominee.
Erick Erickson, the arguable standard-bearer of right wing rage here and around the country, hasn’t been silent about his distaste for Donald Trump. Here’s what the fiery radio host had to say when Trump clinched the nomination:
I don’t want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on winning the Presidency tonight, but she just did.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 3, 2016
Erickson has been actively working to salvage this year’s election for down-ballot Republicans, who otherwise might see their poll numbers tied to those of Trump, which are plummeting across the country. Now, powerful GOP grassroots activists in Georgia are jumping on the anti-Trump bandwagon.
Jason Pye, an influential Republican activist, resigned his position with the Newton County GOP this weekend, citing his opposition to Trump. From his resignation letter:
“I cannot in good conscience support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, because I believe his views on most issues contradict my personal views on the role of government and the free market. Simply put, I will not cast my ballot for him.”
And Bryan Miller, a self-described Georgia “political hack” had this to say about the future of his party:
— Bryan Miller (@BryanMillerGA) June 1, 2016
Now that Trump has fired his campaign manager, we will see if the Republican Party can stop the bleeding, or if this internal hemorrhage will continue in Georgia and elsewhere.