Firehouse Vice President Nick Pasternak Pens Op-Ed In Insider

February 8, 2021

I was a speechwriter for a Republican senator and worked on Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. Now, I’m leaving the GOP.

The impeachment trial of former President Trump should be a perfect exit ramp for the Republican Party. After five years of being captive to Trump’s divisive rhetoric, conspiracies, and ethno-populism, the Republican Party could convict Trump for his obvious offenses and use the opportunity to build a worthy post-Trump GOP.

But they won’t. 17 Senate Republicans won’t vote to convict. The party won’t give up its deference to his base. There will be no post-Trump GOP because, despite losing, Trump is the modern GOP.

That’s why I’m leaving the Republican Party for good.

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