Longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin is leaving the GOP and changing her party registration to Libertarian, she told Bloomberg TV’s “All Due Respect” recently.
Though some Republicans have announced they’re leaving the party because of the impending nomination of Donald Trump, Matalin said she supports the New York businessman over expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Here are some of Matalin’s remarks from Newsmax.com:
“‘I’m not a Republican for a party or a person. The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.‘
“Matalin said she doesn’t yet know enough about Trump, but thinks he could win in a landslide ‘if he would stop his high school boy antics with women; otherwise he’s going to force suburban women to Hillary.’
“She called herself ‘provisional Trump’ and said she is Republican in the ‘Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense.'”
Matalin is married to Democratic strategist James Carville and has worked both for President George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Her husband is a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
It’s a little unusual – but encouraging – that Matalin has left the GOP, but could still support Trump against Hillary Clinton in November. More than a few former Republicans have said publicly they’re in the “Never Trump” camp.
Do you think that Mary Matalin’s exit from the Republican Party reflects more of a frustration with party leadership and the establishment… and/or with Donald Trump for not being conservative enough?
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