Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the conservative LGBT advocacy group, GOProud, no longer considers himself a Republican after announcing he has renounced his affiliation with the party due to the GOP's strong internal homophobic and racist bigotry.
“I just came to the realization that the Republican Party doesn't represent my principles and values,” LaSalvia told POLITICO in an interview. “I'm a small government conservative and they're for big government. They're happy to have big government as long as they're in charge. More importantly, I don't tolerate bigotry of any kind, whether it's anti-gay bigotry, anti-Muslim bigotry. And they do and that's just not OK with me.”
LaSalvia, who helped fund GOProud in 2009, is now an Independent after finding little hope in continuing to work within the Republican Party to find ground of support for LGBT rights.
Read more below the jump.LaSalvia shares the same thoughts and feelings most Americans have about the Republican Party — the GOP has simply gone off the deep end.
LaSalvia could not find ground of support within the Republican Party for LGBT rights
“I think there's a cultural problem within the Republican Party that's beyond fixing. I think the leadership of the Republican Party is so out of touch with life in America today that I just decided that it's not worth fixing. I don't think they can win a national election again. Pull the plug on the patient, the party's brain dead,” argued LaSalvia.
In the interview, LaSalvia also criticizes Republican 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who LaSalvia says, “was so paralyzed by fear of retribution from the forces of intolerance that he couldn't do what he needed to do to reach out.” LaSalvia points to Romney's infamous “47%” video remarks, proving just how absurd the GOP's mentality has become that despite writing off almost half of the American people, they were still certain they'd win over the presidency.
In retrospect, Romney admitted he was 'completely wrong,' but the party has since done virtually nothing to show that they learned from their previous mistakes. Not with LGBT rights. Not with their war on women. Not with immigration reform. Not with the economy. Not with healthcare. Nothing.
While LaSalvia may not know what is next for him, he won't be joining the Democratics while President Obama is in charge. LaSalvia questions whether President Obama has shown any ability to be a good leader after all these years in office.
LaSalvia's farewell advice to the Republican Party?
“They're not going to listen to you if they think that you hate their family and friends. And you cannot change that unless you're willing to stand up and tell the people in your party who aren't inclusive that they're wrong.”