SCREEN CAPTUREHawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto explains why she leaving the Republican Party.
ONCE CONSIDERED a "rising star" in the Republican Party, Beth Fukumoto, a representative in Hawaii’s House, announced that she is quitting the Republicans and intends to join the Democratic Party.
On Wednesday (March 22), Fukumoto wrote a letter to the Republican Party announcing her intentions. She based her decision after receiving criticism from the GOP for remarks she made at the Women's March in Honolulu last month. In the speech she criticized Trump's controversial remarks about women, immigrants and minorities. She also cited complacency toward racism and sexism from other GOP lawmakers.
“No ethnic group in our state is a majority, and more than 70 percent of the population isn't white. But our Hawaii Republican Party leaders wanted us to adopt ‘middle American’ values instead of holding on to Republican principles that also reflect our own local values, such as responsible stewardship over things like wealth and power,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
Just a few months ago, she was being hailed as the future of the Republican Party. She was young, a member of an ethnic group and a woman. But she also held fairly progressive views touting issues affecting women and minorities. Her Japanese/American grandparents were interned during World War II.