Thank you for writing this. You have given me hope. I left the GOP a decade ago and never looked back, but couldn’t align with the Dems because of this virulent strain of politics that made me and those like me the scapegoat for many of the ills society faced. Knowing there are compassionate people who will stand for truth and reason and who will leave the group they long identified with in the face of consequences gives me renewed strength to continue to fight for what is good. Kudos!