OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Monday, the Nebraska Republican Party called on state Sen. John McCollister to leave the party and re-register as a Democrat after he posted a tweet calling out Republican officials for "enabling white supremacy in our country."
Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Ryan Hamilton said McCollister has shown for years that he has little in common with the GOP voters his district. Hamilton says McCollister's voting record on taxes, guns and abortion counters what most conservatives believe.
Hamilton's statement came after McCollister blasted the Republican Party on Twitter for not speaking out against President Trump's comments about minorities. McCollister stated "when the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing."
Tuesday, McCollister issued the statement below in response to Hamilton's request:
In light of my recent comments, the Nebraska Republican Party issued a statement. Did they join me in identifying and condemning obvious racism and duplicity inside of our party?— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 6, 2019
They instead encouraged me to leave the party. My response:
Read McCollister's tweet from Sunday below:
The Republican Party is enabling white supremacy in our country. As a lifelong Republican, it pains me to say this, but it’s the truth.— Senator McCollister (@SenMcCollister) August 5, 2019
I of course am not suggesting that all Republicans are white supremacists nor am I saying that the average Republican is even racist.