State lawmaker on leaving GOP: 'Overturning free elections … goes down hard with me'

Source: The Hill | February 23, 2021 | Zack Budryk

Arkansas State Sen. Jim Hendren (I), who recently announced he would leave the Republican Party, said early Tuesday that the “final straw” for him was Republican senators “trying to overturn a free election.”

“As a guy who spent years in the military, overturning free elections is something that goes down hard with me,” Hendren said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And when I saw eleven senators, a member of the congressional delegation from Arkansas leading ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies, convincing people that the election had been stolen, which led directly to the insurrection on January 6, I said I can no longer be part of an organization that does that.”

Hendren specifically named Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), both of whom objected to President Biden’s Electoral College victory in key states.


Hendren, an Air National Guard veteran, also said on Tuesday that he had been disillusioned with the Republican Party over Trump’s foreign policy, citing the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria.

“When I saw one phone call from [Turkish President Tayyip] Erdogan to Trump allow us to completely abandon one of the bravest and best allies I have ever seen, some of the best fighters to help us win that battle against ISIS, the Kurds… I went on statewide TV… and said this is despicable, we do not treat our allies that way,” he said on MSNBC.

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