It has just been revealed that six Democrats and two independent elected officials from the state of Mississippi have officially switched party affiliations to become Republicans.
“We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican Party,” Mississippi GOP Chairman Lucien Smith told WLBT News. “They recognize increasingly that there is only one party that represents the conservative values of our state, and that is the Republican Party.”
Smith went on to say that he is expecting more elected officials in his state, which is heavily Republican, to follow suit and switch affiliations as well.
The six former Democrats have been identified as: District Attorney Matt Sullivan, Chancery Clerk Cindy Austin, Circuit Clerk Anthony Grayson, Tax Assessor-Collector Mary Lou Powell, Beat 4 Supervisor Danny Arender, and Justice Court Judge Hulon West. Meanwhile, the two Independents who went Republican are Chancery Clerk Guy Easterling and Justice Court Judge Bobby Wayne Mooney.
8 elected officials in Mississippi have switched from being Democrats or Independents to Republicans
This is after Congressman Jeff Van Drew left the Democrat Party
They can’t even keep a hold of their members
How do they expect to take back the White House?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 29, 2020
“There are conservatives Democrats all across the state of Mississippi, and there was once upon a time when the conservative Democrats controlled this state,” Sullivan said in explaining his decision. “It’s a new day in Mississippi, and I believe the Republican Party is growing, and there’s a place in the Republican Party for people like me.”
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves explained that he feels much of the reason behind the switches is the contrast between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. This has left voters feeling like their choice is to either support Trump or support a Socialist.
“We are in a scenario in this country where you can choose to be a member of the party led by Donald J. Trump, or you can choose to be a member of the socialist Democratic party led by Bernie Sanders,” he said.
Don’t be surprised if more and more Democrats from across the country start jumping ship in the coming months, should Sanders continue to get close to winning the nomination. While radicals love Sanders, many moderate Democrats are appalled by the thought of having a Socialist president, and they will undoubtedly start to see the light that Trump is a far better option for the future of our country.
Democrats have made a huge mistake allowing Sanders to get this far, and he may just end up costing them more voters than they can even imagine.