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VA Republican Resigns: “I can no longer stomach those who support nativism, or their apologists and enablers.”


A Virginia Republican is moving on; he should be joined by scores more, if they have any decency or moral core whatsoever. Also, what on earth is taking these people so long to leave the festering, extremist, “alt right” cesspool formerly known as the “Party of Lincoln?”  At long last, have they no sense of decency???

Moving On

Dear friends-

Earlier this afternoon I tendered my resignation from the State Central Committee. My reasoning is deeply rooted in my belief system, and I struggled with this decision for several days. I believe I owe it to those who supported me to release the full text of my resignation. You will find it below. I understand that many will disagree with me, and that is okay. I have gained invaluable relationships over the last decade, and I treasure them deeply. But the time has come for me to move on.

Kyle McDaniel

“Chairmen Whitbeck and Prados:

Please consider this written notification of my resignation from the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee and the 11th District Republican Committee effective immediately.

I can no longer tacitly endorse or defend the prevailing views held by a majority of members of the Republican Party. When I ran for this position 2 years ago, I did so out of the desire to guide the party back to the principles of compassionate conservatism, and to fight against the then-emerging winds of nativism and populism.

Events over the last year have, in my judgement, proven that a significant majority of self-identified Republicans do not believe in anything event remotely close to compassionate conservatism, and are happy to embrace nativism, with clear racial and religious overtones. I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to “bite my tongue” when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day. I cannot in good faith continue to do that.

I held my tongue when Fredy Burgos called Muslims “savages” and Islam a “death cult created by satan”, claimed that interracial adoption and marriage is a threat to western culture, claimed that calling refugees “human” “is a stretch”, characterized Catholics as worshipers of false idols, and claimed that Methodists are “humanists” doomed to hell. I held my tongue when members of the SCC defended white nationalists and neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville under the auspices of “the right” and promptly shut down any attempt to address that stain on our reputation under the argument that it may cost votes. I held my tongue earlier this month when the outgoing Fairfax County GOP chairman fervently attacked a colleague on our committee for raising concerns about Fredy’s continued commentary.

I held my tongue for too long; hoping things would improve. I was wrong. I can no longer stomach those who support nativism, or their apologists and enablers. After a decade of work in the Republican Party in northern Virginia, it is time for me to step away.

The President’s unnecessary and appalling comments regarding the Haitian people, and the defense of those comments by party leaders, are the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have been to Haiti’s slums, twice, and worked along side those who have to call it home; my wife and I are considering adopting a Haitian child. There is no rationalization of the President’s comments that makes them anything other than what they are: a claim that Haitians do not deserve a chance to be American. To keep holding my position would be a betrayal of my morals and values, and I cannot do that.

It has become clear to me that today’s Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments. The party has lost its way from the days when Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the United States as a shining city on the hill. That is our country’s heritage, not a walled-off nation turning a blind eye to, and mocking, the human suffering on our door step. For the foreseeable future, I am a political independent.”

  • Del Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church): “I applaud my friend Kyle McDaniel for doing this. Kyle served with me on the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board where he was a very young and very thoughtful member who demonstrated a genuine concern for struggling Fairfax County families. I’ve wondered how long he would be able to put up with this nonsense, and thought of him and his wife and their missions to Haiti over the years when I heard about Trump’s tweets.

    You are a good man Kyle McDaniel. Your kids will be proud of what you did when they study this era in history books some day.”

  • Former VA GOP Executive Director Shaun Kenney:

    When Republicans lose folks like Kyle, McGuire and Lillian (among others) because we fail to possess the intestinal fortitude to be a party of ideas? Fail to extricate the Alt-Right (or Alt-Lite) from State Central? Fail to reject Alt-Right candidates? Invite Alt-Right and Alt-Lite groups and speakers to GOP fundraisers? Praise anti-liberalism as a sorry substitute for conservative ideas?

    We all know it’s a problem; a cancer of the soul that has eaten away at us for four years running. Folks are too afraid to fight it, is all… because they see what happens when you do.

    Screw ’em. Remember what Andrew Breitbart counselled before his good name was hijacked by goons: “Walk towards the fire.”

    …and so the moral Dunkirk within the Republican Party continues at pace. But it won’t last forever, folks — that I promise.

    • RobertColgan

      “The moral Dunkirk within the Republican Part” sounds like the punchline to a really bad joke . . . . . . . . . .something like
      “When you need a ride home and your Gold Card is in your other suit and by hitchhiking you somehow end up at an Ethics lecture, where did you stick out your thumb?”

      Though, I do like that “Walk towards the fire” part even if I’m not a Calvinist.

  • RobertColgan

    A very good letter !
    Kudos to this man for owning a spine.
    And clear proof that “holding one’s tongue so as to not offend colleagues” is about as harmful a practice to one’s health as “not pooping because others might hear or smell”——-our conscience demands we stand up for humans’ right to be treated with dignity and respect.
    But that is assuming that everyone has such a thing as a conscience….there are those, many in leadership roles, who do not. Psychopaths often appear normal—-until you find out they really, really don’t give a damn who they hurt.

  • And now here’s a reaction from a faaaaaaaar-right Tea Partier


  • notkeith

    That’s a mighty low bar, there, Mr. McDaniel, since things have been pretty racist in the GOP, at least since Reagan’s BS “Cadillac-driving welfare queen” days. So now you have had enough? Oh, such strong moral fiber! Breathtaking!

    • Yeah, while I certainly am glad to see McDaniel taking this step, I share your wonder at why it didn’t happen many years ago, since it’s been obvious for those many years that the GOP is off the deep end, employing the “Southern strategy,” etc

      • notkeith

        The bottom line here, in my POV, is that everyone associated with the GOP is tainted, period. They could ‘reasonably’ — you know, tongue in cheek — look the other way in the face of misogyny, racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc., when it was dog-whistled. Now, it’s screamed from the White House. No more cover. And now, almost a year into this hellish administration, you have “moral majority’ types bending over backwards to continue to support it.

        • Agree 100%

        • RobertColgan

          Moral Majority = the morals of jackals.
          At least we’re seeing a few open dissenters from that marching in formation lockstepped herd. A start. I’ll take whatever resistance there is, gladly.
          I was surprised how quickly ( a few years, but fast nonetheless) it took for the country to swing away from a habit that had been normalized for decades, smoking, and shift toward advocacy for non-smoking and non-smoking spaces.
          The Me, Too movement isn’t just women—–it’s men being called on to having to more openly acknowledge their role in creating a social hierarchy where one side has had more power than the other—-but it may be precursor to even more egalitarian reform for all genders.
          The Good Ol’ Boy cabal has held sway in the USA since its inception……I for one am rooting for it’s back to be broken when it falls.

  • You joined the republicans to fight them? Not real smart

  • Audio: VA GOP Chair John “Anti-Semitic Joke Dude” Whitbeck claims his party is NOT racist, despite reams of evidence to the contrary…


  • ameri…canwork

    Kyle McDaniel,
    Yes, some on the Republican may be all American and with that it is a complete lack of class and leadership to use the term nativist in a derogatory manner and that is all it is used for.
    Now you claim to be of the Lincoln Republican Party whoopie. So which of the Va Republicans are standing up against the labor exploitatation of immigrants.
    How have you used you position to assist the Commonwealth in ending Employee Misclassification and Unlicensed Contracting?
    Some immigrants come here invited, Awsome!
    Some break the law, not so good!
    Ms. McDaniel ,
    It appears to be fact that you have been in full support of the exploitation of immigrants within Va.

  • Kate Meacham

    I’m happy that you are doing what is right for your family and your health. I wish that instead of “holding your tongue…waiting for things to get better” you had instead confronted the people spewing vile, racist language that you know to be false–in person, in private, or in public, but in real-time. You might have been surprise at the effectiveness. A calm rebuke from a colleague can do what thousands of protests and memes from the liberals can not. You may also have been surprised by the support from your fellow Republicans.

  • woodrowfan

    baby steps. he’s moving in the right direction…

  • Chris Ambrose

    The irony is that he ends by invoking Reagan. I give him a pass because he was not born then, but he does need to look into the history of his party. It was Ronald Reagan’s team that began the strategic shift of the GOP to the party of white people by deliberately tapping into racism and shifting the party of Lincoln away from the party of civil rights.