A Pennsylvania sheriff had announced that he abandoned the Democratic Party because of its “socialist agenda.”
Speaking to Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” Fayette County Sheriff James Custer revealed that he has been considering his decision for months.
He stressed that he was influenced by the measures taken by the Democrats during the CCP Virus pandemic.
“It probably started back when the pandemic started and the mandates coming down by the Democratic governors,” Custer told host Ainsley Earhardt on Dec. 14.
Unlike the federal government, local Democratic authorities were inclined to impose strong restrictive measures on the population, to the point of denying such basic freedoms as the freedom to profess one’s religion or belief.
In fact, the governor of Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf, this week imposed new restrictions, even prohibiting citizens from eating inside restaurants. He also ordered the closure of gyms, theater, and other indoor entertainment for at least three weeks.
For this reason, the sheriff did not hesitate to label such policies as unconstitutional.
He affirmed that his duty is “protect, serve, and uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He emphasized the importance of “being able to protect their rights and freedoms under the Constitution.”
Custer, who has more than three decades of service, said he switched to the Republican Party because his beliefs are more aligned with conservative ideologies.
He denounced that there was a “shift in ideals of the Democratic Party at the national level,” an organization that now follows a “socialist agenda.”
“Starting back from the George Floyd incident and all the civil unrest and the calls for ‘abolish the police,’ ‘defund the police’ that was part of factoring into my decision that, ‘Hey, this is not what I signed up for,’” Custer said.
Custer’s voice is not the only one within the Democratic ranks criticizing the extremist tendency of his leadership.
“This foolishness about you got to be this progressive or that progressive. That phrase ‘defund the police’ cost Jaime Harrison tremendously,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) last month in reference to the South Carolina politician who lost the Senate race to current Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“When you ask somebody, ‘Why would you want to defund the police?’ They’ll tell you, ‘That’s not what we mean. This is what we mean.’ My position is in politics, the moment you start explaining what you mean, you are losing the argument,” he added.
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who agreed with his party colleagues that socialist messages hurt the Democrats’ chances of winning more seats in Congress.
Manchin also criticized socialism, the proposal to defund the police, and Medicare for All.
“That’s not the Democrats I know. And yet we’ve been tagged, if you’ve got a D by your name you must be for all the crazy stuff, and I’m not,” he said.