A Democrat-turned-Republican congressman has advice for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who also decided to switch parties and become a Republican last week: Follow your “heart” and your “brain.”
Speaking with Fox News Digital as the four-year anniversary of his own party flip draws nearer, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., said he appreciated that Johnson came to the “same conclusion” as he did that the Democratic Party of years past was simply “no more.”
“I appreciate what he did, and, as the mayor of Dallas, he came to the same conclusion that I did. He just didn’t fit into the party anymore,” Van Drew said. “You know, I was just constantly arguing, voting against all the different things they wanted to do. And it climaxed with the Trump impeachment, which was baseless and false.”
“What they’ve done to our Department of Justice, what they’ve done to our FBI, what the attorney general has done, what the FBI director has done, what our secretary of state did and still does, all of this is awful,” he added. “[Johnson] knows that this is wrong, and he came to the right conclusion. And I’d tell him to follow his heart and his brain and he will be fine.”
When asked if he had any regrets about switching parties in 2019, Van Drew gave the simplest of answers: “Not even in the slightest.”
“The more I see and the more I hear, the happier I am that I have changed,” he said. “I’m a conservative. There used to be room for something called a Blue Dog Democrat, a conservative Democrat. Those times are no more. I want people to know who are watching this, there is no longer really a conservative branch of the Democratic Party.”
“This is not your mother’s and father’s or grandmother’s or grandfather’s Democratic Party. This is an extremely left-wing socialist party that wants to completely change our republic and completely destroy the American experience. So, I am happy that I changed,” he added.
Van Drew said his strong feelings does not mean that Republicans, or anyone for that matter, are perfect, but it is a necessity to have “love of the United States of America in your heart and soul.”
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