"I might have limped along -- attempting to work within my caucus for what I felt was best for the people I represent -- if it hadn't been for another factor. With the 2020 presidential election looming on the horizon, I felt, as a Republican, that I needed to be able to support the standard-bearer of the party. Unfortunately, that is something I'm unable to do.
I believe that it is just a matter of time before our country pays a heavy price for President Donald Trump's reckless spending and shortsighted financial policies; his erratic, destabilizing foreign policy; and his disdain and disregard for environmental concerns.
Furthermore, he sets a poor example for the nation and our children. He delivers personal insults, often in a crude and juvenile fashion, to those who disagree with him, and is a bully at a time when we're attempting to discourage bullying, on- and offline.
In addition, he frequently disregards the truth and displays a willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity, and disability.
I believe that his actions have coarsened political discourse, contributing to unprecedented polarization and creating a breeding ground for hateful rhetoric and actions.
Some would excuse this behavior, claiming Trump is just telling it like it is -- and that this is the new normal. If this is the new normal, I want no part of it. Unacceptable behavior should be called out for what it is -- and Americans of all parties should insist on something far better from the man holding the highest office in the land."