The wealthiest supporter of the Republican Party in Ohio just called it quits on the republican party.
“I just decided I’m no longer a Republican,” said L Brands CEO Leslie Wexner during a panel discussion for a leadership summit, reports The Columbus Dispatch.
Wexner, who explained that he’s been a Republican ever since college, said that he is an independent now, before saying he “won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party” any longer.
The explosive development came only a day after ex-President Obama slammed spineless GOP lawmakers during the rally in Ohio for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.
Obama said, “What you’re seeing is Republicans in Congress who are bending over backwards to try to shield and deflect oversight of this behavior and accountability and consequences. This is serious. You know it is. And frankly even some of the Republicans know it is. They will say it, they just don’t do anything about it. … [They say,] ‘we’ll put up with crazy’ in exchange for tax reform and deregulation.”
Leslie Wexner called Barack Obama’s visit to Ohio a “great moment for the community”.
“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,” said Wexner.
The newspaper said that the comments are in stark contrast to how the GOP supporter has spoken about President Donald Trump.
The billionaire CEO said in a 2017 speech that he is “ashamed” by Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted in violence and ultimately led to a neo-Nazi (according to Donald Trump, part of a group of very fine people) driving his car into a crowd of people, injuring several and killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal.
Wexner has donated several hundred thousands dollars to GOP candidates and groups, including gift of $250,000 to a super PAC which backed Senator Rob Portman‘s (R) reelection campaign back in 2016 and almost $70,000 to Republican committees and candidates from Ohio and many other states.
Wexner is hardly the only person to abandon the Republican Party this year. Back in August, Michael London, who is a former member in the Trumbull Town Council located in Connecticut, announced that he was leaving the Republican Party because it is “no longer the party that I believed in all these years.”