Michigan Republican leader quits over party’s ‘appeasement’ of Trump

A member of the Republican Party state committee in Michigan resigned from his post earlier this week, citing his belief that his “feckless, cowardly” colleagues in the GOP are too deferential when it comes to former President Donald Trump, as the Washington Examiner reports.

In a blistering resignation email sent to Judy Rapanos, chair of the 4th Congressional District Republican committee, Tony Daunt lamented that the party has “made the election here in Michigan a test of who is the most cravenly loyal to Donald Trump,” something he says has distracted leaders’ attention from publicizing the “myriad failures” of Democrats, according to the Detroit News.

Daunt has spent five years serving on the state committee, but he brought his tenure to an end this week following the party’s convention in Grand Rapids, in apparent disenchantment with the former president’s continued questioning of the validity of the 2020 election.

Providing further explanation for his frustrations with the party and with Trump, Daunt wrote, “Incredibly, rather than distancing themselves from this undisciplined loser, far too many Republican ‘leaders’ have decided that encouraging his delusional lies – and, even worse – cynically appeasing him despite knowing they are lies, is the easiest path to ensuring their continued hold on power, general election consequences be damned.”

Daunt continued, “Rather than assembling the courage to do the right thing, at the right time, and guide the activist base towards the truth, they’ve repeatedly backed down and dissembled, hoping that just one more act of cowardice will be what does the trick.”

Adding yet another dig at those in his party with whom he disagrees, Daunt railed, “Apparently more than just the radical Left needs to get back to basics on world history and the tragic consequences of appeasement.”

“Whether it’s a misguided true belief, cynical cowardice, or just plain old grift and avarice, it’s a losing strategy and I cannot serve on the governing board of a party that’s too stupid to see that,” he concluded.

The resignation came in the immediate wake of the Michigan GOP’s endorsement convention, during which the party tapped Trump-supported candidates Kristina Karamo and Matt DePerno to see the offices of secretary of state and attorney general, respectively, the Detroit News noted.

November’s election will be a pivotal one for the future of Michigan, given that voters will not just elect a governor, but also fill every legislative seat in the state, and it is extremely unfortunate that Daunt believed it was the right tme to stoke internal party strife by attacking a former president in such an incendiary manner.