Former Republican Charlie Crist cited Jeb Bush to bash racist, sexist Republican Party.
Christ made the statement during an interview with FusionTV.
“When I saw what was happening with the Republican Party, Jeb Bush said it better than anybody could say it. He said it better than I could. They’re perceived as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment. I just wasn’t comfortable, being honest with myself.”
Crist went on to deny he left the Republican Party because he lost to Marco Rubio.
Charlie Crist, formerly the Republican governor of Florida, became President Obama’s biggest booster and switched parties. Now, as a Democrat, he says his switch had its genesis in his belief that Republicans are against Obama because they are racists.
In an interview with the Fusion cable network’s Jorge Ramos, Crist went further, saying that the accusation that the GOP hates women, gays, and minorities is also true and that now that he’s a Democrat he feels “liberated.”
“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African American president; I’ll just go there,” Crist said. “I was a Republican, and I saw the activists and what they were doing. It was intolerable to me.”
Crist has drifted from the GOP to being an independent to finally becoming a Democrat–all in search of his next election. If the current polls are any indication, his flailing around for any party that will get him elected is bearing fruit. Crist is running for governor of Florida once again, this time as a Democrat, and he currently has a double-digit lead over Republican incumbent Rick Scott.
During the Fusion interview, Crist said that his 2012 party switch was not a response to his run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 as a Republican, a race he lost to Senator Marco Rubio.