SCC Member Kyle McDaniel Resigns from Virginia Republican Party

In what is perhaps one of the more public breaks from the Republican Party, 28-year-old Kyle McDaniel, who lives in Northern Virginia, offered a public letter of resignation Tuesday afternoon. It was quickly picked up by the Washington Post which was picked up by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A member of the governing State Central Committee as well as active with the local party, McDaniel was a rising star within the party, a member of the millennial generation. To become a member of State Central takes a campaign and election against other candidates, something McDaniel did two years ago. At the time he promised transparent messaging which he followed up on, releasing an update after each meeting of the activities and plans of the Republican Party of Virginia.

However, the age of Trump has strained many Republicans including those in grassroots leadership, and that is what McDaniel noted in his open letter that he titled, “Moving On.” He prefaced it by writing, “Earlier this afternoon I tendered my resignation from the State Central Committee. My reasoning is deeply rooted in my belief system, and I struggled with this decision for several days. I believe I owe it to those who supported me to release the full text of my resignation. You will find it below. I understand that many will disagree with me, and that is okay. I have gained invaluable relationships over the last decade, and I treasure them deeply. But the time has come for me to move on.”

The letter was a mirror reflection of what has been heard from others within the party including a number of millennials but also many who span the generations from Gen Xers to Boomers. It was not a surprise to read his words — I feel them myself — but it was sad to realize that many with deeply-held values who were members of the former party of family values now feel politically homeless.

Some will read McDaniel’s words and weep. Others will, as they have time and time again, defiantly defend the actions of the current Republican Party. Each must do what they feel in their hearts, and what is best for themselves and their families.

McDaniel’s letter was addressed to RPV Chairman John Whitbeck and 11th Congressional District Republican Committee Chairman Paul Prados:

“Chairmen Whitbeck and Prados:

“Please consider this written notification of my resignation from the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee and the 11th District Republican Committee effective immediately.

“I can no longer tacitly endorse or defend the prevailing views held by a majority of members of the Republican Party. When I ran for this position 2 years ago, I did so out of the desire to guide the party back to the principles of compassionate conservatism, and to fight against the then-emerging winds of nativism and populism.

“Events over the last year have, in my judgement, proven that a significant majority of self-identified Republicans do not believe in anything event remotely close to compassionate conservatism, and are happy to embrace nativism, with clear racial and religious overtones. I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to “bite my tongue” when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day. I cannot in good faith continue to do that.

“I held my tongue when Fredy Burgos called Muslims “savages” and Islam a “death cult created by satan”, claimed that interracial adoption and marriage is a threat to western culture, claimed that calling refugees “human” “is a stretch”, characterized Catholics as worshipers of false idols, and claimed that Methodists are “humanists” doomed to hell. I held my tongue when members of the SCC defended white nationalists and neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville under the auspices of “the right” and promptly shut down any attempt to address that stain on our reputation under the argument that it may cost votes. I held my tongue earlier this month when the outgoing Fairfax County GOP chairman fervently attacked a colleague on our committee for raising concerns about Fredy’s continued commentary.

“I held my tongue for too long; hoping things would improve. I was wrong. I can no longer stomach those who support nativism, or their apologists and enablers. After a decade of work in the Republican Party in northern Virginia, it is time for me to step away.

“The President’s unnecessary and appalling comments regarding the Haitian people, and the defense of those comments by party leaders, are the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have been to Haiti’s slums, twice, and worked along side those who have to call it home; my wife and I are considering adopting a Haitian child. There is no rationalization of the President’s comments that makes them anything other than what they are: a claim that Haitians do not deserve a chance to be American. To keep holding my position would be a betrayal of my morals and values, and I cannot do that.

“It has become clear to me that today’s Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments. The party has lost its way from the days when Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the United States as a shining city on the hill. That is our country’s heritage, not a walled-off nation turning a blind eye to, and mocking, the human suffering on our door step. For the foreseeable future, I am a political independent.”

The exodus from the Republican Party continues.

RPV Chair Whitbeck Says McDaniel Owes Apology for Calling Members Racists.

  • old_redneck

    Wise man. Finally someone recognizes that this is not your father’s Republican Party . . . it’s not even the party of Reagan and Bush . . . it’s the party of Gingrich, Richard Spencer, and Trump.

    • tRump Sucks Putins Dick

      Don’t forget david duKKKe!

  • Bojaws Dubois

    I’m against this. We need people to stay in the Republican Party, voice their opinions and perhaps give us someone decent to vote for in the future. If all the decent people leave, then all we’ll have left are Chump and his deplorables.

    • old_redneck

      ” If all the decent people leave, then all we’ll have left are Chump and his deplorables. ”

      You are close to this point already.

      • Arminius-Hermann

        So how is that going for the DNC which is now known as the ASP American Socialist Party?

        Still upset that your hag lost not only once but every time she tried to win a position by cheating left and right.

        • old_redneck

          Dream on.

  • Tom Fitzpatrick

    Great decision. If you cannot support the majority of the people you supposedly represent, you have no business occupying that position and undermining that majority.

    However, the decision to paint that majority in the worst possible, and false, light, is not a great decision. Not for you, not for the author of this article, not for this vehicle which declares itself by its appropriated heading the Republican Party of Virginia, not for Northern Virginia, not for Virginia, and not for the Nation. Oh, Hell, might as well mention it is not a great decision for the World, either, an addendum especially appropriate since young Kyle and others believe that they are the center of the World, if not the Universe.

    Really, you are both going to pick one person with extreme views and project those as representative of the entire Republican Party of Virginia? Shame not on the Party, but on you. At least this frees you from the bubble you have occupied since before you could legally drink to go out and gain some real experience and garner some real accomplishments.

    But, be careful. It can be harsh outside the bubble.

    • Chad Parker

      I agree with your overall point, but quibble on some of the details. The role of the elected representative in an organization is not to necessarily support the will of the majority, but rather to continue the ideals on which the majority elected you. Sometimes that’s the minority opinion overall or within the organization. And minority opinions are difficult but essential. To pick up your ball, go home, and announce to the world that you quit because people don’t blindly follow your lead is characteristic of millennials.

      • old_redneck

        Amazing how you Republicans attach meaningless labels to people. I don’t know McDaniel, never heard of him. However, I guarantee if he were a Democrat resigning from a Democratic leadership committee because he feels his party has left him, you would be dancing in the streets. Now, however, when a person with principles and values points out what the rest of us have known for a long time, you are all over him with the worst epithets you can throw at him . . . a “millenial” GASP!!! FOR SHAME!!!

        McDaniel is right — this is not the Republican Party of Reagan, Bush, Eisenhower. Hell, this is not even the Republican Party of Nixon — who established the EPA, opened relations with “Communist” China and proposed universal health insurance coverage.

        No, yours is now the party of Richard Spencer, Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck, Corey Stewart, “Bishop” E.W. Jackson, Ken Cuccinelli, John “Jew Joke” Whitbeck, and Mark “Miscarriage is a crime” Obenshain.

        I’ll bet McDaniel is not the last to leave the Klan . . . oops — meant to say “. . . not the last to leave the RPV.”

  • Heather Stefl

    Bye Felicia

  • Chad Parker

    The headline “Self-important millennial finds responsibility difficult, shirks it; blames others, and leaves in way that gives him the most attention possible” better suits. But then, is that news?

    • old_redneck

      Translation of your comment: “McDaniel told the truth. Truth hurts and I can’t tolerate it.”

      • fedup

        Apparently you don’t have a life. That’s sad. But then you’re nincompoop so what can one expect?

        • old_redneck

          Thanks for proving my point.

    • tRump Sucks Putins Dick

      repigliKKKlans are SCUM!!!

  • HaroldCh8

    Cuckservatives are dropping like flies.


    • tRump Sucks Putins Dick

      Nobody wants that tRump STINK on them!

  • Fist Rockbone

    “28-year-old Kyle McDaniel”

    Not denigrating young people here, but I often chuckle when I read or hear their remarks about what the party was like under Reagan. They are basing this on 2nd and 3rd hand information, having no personal experience to draw from. If your basis of measure is something subjective that you have no personal experience with, the very premise under which you base your views is fundamentally flawed.

    As far as Mr. McDaniel goes, he’s a self-centered child. If you wish to leave your party, then leave. Don’t make a public spectacle, or hold yourself out there as a martyr for some self-righteous cause. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Cameron Jude Pond

      I bet you’re cool with Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller though…

      • Fist Rockbone

        I’m cool with any millennial who isn’t interested in lecturing me about what our party was like under Ronald Reagan. When they start, I ask “how many times did you vote for Reagan? How many times have you met him, personally?” I voted for the man twice, and met him once. I know what the party was like during the Reagan era, and HW Bush Era, and the lean period until the Gingrich era…right about the time these young adults were being born. I’ve seen the changes, some for better, some for worse, some proactive, some reactionary. I still remember when Republicans were scarcer than Hen’s teeth in the South, and when there were still conservative Democrats.

        I have a problem with young people who think they’ve got it all figured out, and want to tell us older folks just how wrong we are.

  • tRump Sucks Putins Dick

    repigliKKKlans are SCUM!

  • The same sort of stuff, only worse, that led me to do something similar the day after the 2016 election.

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  • Arminius-Hermann

    Oh, did his feelings get hurt… go to your safe space boy… your mommy will bring you milk and cookies to calm your nerves and then hug you so your tears will go away.

    Being one who is of Scottish DNA both sides of my family you are a major beta male and most likely someone who has never had to work for anything in your life.

    You are a major disgrace to the Celts out of the British Isles you would fit perfectly with what was known as Londinium which became London but now days known as Londonistan.

    Grow a pair or better yet just become another John Traitor Songbird McCain or better yet your god Mitch McConnell all three of you are major beta males.

    • old_redneck

      I know John McCain. You clearly are not man enough to polish his shoes.

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  • TechB

    Pulling his head out of his ass must have been really painful. His head was so far up there it was sticking out of his neck

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