Hawaii GOP leader resigns, blasts 'racism and sexism' in the party, seeks membership with Democrats
A Hawaii Republican demoted for speaking out against President Trump last month has resigned from the party she once loved because she claims it has become poisoned by “racism and sexism.”
And she’s now seeking membership with the Democrats.
“This election, I saw members of my party marginalizing and condemning minorities, ethnic or otherwise, and making demeaning comments towards women,” Rep. Beth Fukumoto wrote in a letter announcing her resignation on Wednesday. “So, when I listened as our now top office holder refused to condemn the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, speaking out didn’t seem like a choice.”
Fukumoto, the granddaughter of a Japanese-American grocery store owner, said she was appalled when then-candidate Trump first floated the idea of a “Muslim registry” last year.