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Why Longtime Conservative Stalwart Max Boot Left The GOP

He discusses his book, The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.

Conservative columnist Max Boot is the author of “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.”

Corrosion of Conservatism BookLongtime conservative stalwart Max Boot knows the exact moment he stopped being a Republican.

"That moment was the night that Donald Trump won the presidency," he said. "I re-registered the very next day because I could not stay part of a Trump-ified Republican Party."

He says the GOP has become very different than the party of Ronald Reagan that he joined in the 1980s, citing many members' willingness to align with a President who maligned minorities, mocked John McCain's time as a prisoner of war, and who wanted to ban Muslims from entering the country – among other things.

"I was viscerally and instantly opposed to Donald Trump from the moment that he started running for office castigating Mexicans as rapists and murderers," Boot said. "That was just so outrageous and so out of line. And he continued to outrage me on an almost daily basis."

Boot now sees himself as a center-right independent and writes about his dissatisfaction with his former party in his book The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. He speaks at an event tonight with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.

In the audio above, he talks with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about his decision and where conservatives like him go from here.