Bay County GOP chairman resigns post and party following critical Facebook post

Defrain says he does not support the actions coming from the White House. (Picture from WEYI/WSMH)

BAY CITY, MICH - Bay County Republican Chairman Brandon Defrain revealed in a Facebook post he no longer supports President Donald Trump and the direction of the White House.

Defrain said he is resigning his post as chairman of the party and is no longer a member of the Republican Party.

Defrain had served as the chairman of the Bay County Republican Party since 2014.

"I can no longer remain silent about our President. I have not seen a leader, I’ve only seen more of the same. More racism in our streets, on social media and schools, more hatred between family members, more people feeling as if their human and civil rights are being violated, more drug overdoses and more people feeling tormented and discriminated against because of who they worship and who they love" Defrain said on Facebook.

This is Defrain's complete Facebook post:

"I can no longer remain silent about our President. I have not seen a leader, I’ve only seen more of the same. More racism in our streets, on social media and schools, more hatred between family members, more people feeling as if their human and civil rights are being violated, more drug overdoses and more people feeling tormented and discriminated against because of who they worship and who they love. I’m tired of attempting to defend a machine that does not defend the people I love. Since Inauguration Day I’ve shared my opinion in close circles and mainly with family members, friends and my wife. I haven’t spoke much about the current state of political affairs because in the past, I believed in giving our leaders a chance. Since I’ve been involved in politics I’ve spent my time learning about the passion on both sides. I have found myself torn. This leads to where my mind is today. I do not support the actions coming from the White House. I felt a strong sense of unity in Bay County during the 2016 election. Despite some of the terrible things being said in campaigns around the country, I felt that people in our community could come together and embrace a change. But it seems that national politics only lead to us hating each other regardless who we vote for. I will no longer seek political office as a partisan represented candidate and I will no longer be more than an independent thinker working for the good of my family and my community. I am resigning from my affiliation with ALL political parties so that I may be better aligned with my own values. Those values that represent all people, faith, gender, class, thought, race and every other denomination on our planet. I care about every human on this earth and I desire to live in a way that pursues freedom for all."

-Brandon


In March of 2017 Defrain and several other Bay County voters appears on the NBC Today Show.

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