(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com) – As the Democratic Party goes to war with itself, eight elected officials in Mississippi have announced that they are switching sides and joining President Trump and the Republican Party. All of those making the move were formerly Democrats or sitting independents.
Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, Lucien Smith, said, “We have had a relentless focus on switching conservative Democrats over to the Republican Party.
“They recognize increasingly that there is only one party that represents the conservative values of our state and that is the Republican party,” he continued.
Mississippi’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves was similarly pleased to hear the news, telling local media, “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.”
The switch comes after Bernie Sanders, the current frontrunner in the Democratic race to become presidential nominee, defended the legacy and record of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. During a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, Sanders dismissed the extremism of the socialist leader and instead praised the literacy program he implemented upon his rise to power.
Dr. Nathan Shrader, the chairman of Millsaps Department of Government and Politicians, defended the eight officials making the switch. “They have a plausible argument to make with these elected officials that your constituents are already aligning with us, the voting patterns in your district are moving in our direction, you should join the team too,” he said.
Former Democrat Matt Sullivan, one of the eight who made the switch, described how many Democrats throughout Mississippi were actually conservatives.
“There are conservativeDemocrats all across the state of Mississippi and there was once upon a time when the conservative Democrats controlled this state. 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.”