Katrina Jorgensen, the Communications Chair of the Young Republican National Federation, joined the ranks of many anti-Trump Republicans on Monday when she announced her resignation from her position.
“With the practically fulfilled nomination of Donald Trump as our presidential candidate, I can no longer continue to carry out the duties of this position,” she stated in a Facebook post. “My principles will not allow it.”
Like countless other young Republicans, Jorgensen does not believe that the party’s presumptive nominee represents true conservative values, stating that a Trump presidency would be a “racist, fascist, hateful presidency” that she wants no part of.
“We have been told for years how we are the future of the party; this is our opportunity to seize that future,” she said of her generation. “But if we have instead decided to uphold a man who does not represent us or our views — a man that has belittled war heroes, explicitly stated misogynist beliefs, relied on intimidation of minorities, insulted our international allies, rewarded violence, championed divisive rhetoric, and proved completely uneducated in conservative fiscal policy — I cannot participate in that.”
Her announcement comes as many familiar GOP faces have recently been voicing their opinions on Donald Trump. Despite party influencers, such as Mitt Romney and the former President Bushes, denouncing the likely nominee, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and many other prominent Republicans have called on conservative voters to unite behind Trump in order to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. Jorgensen, however, is not buying into that demand.
“The role of the Communications Committee is to reach our members and the public with our positions in support of our parent party,” she continued. “Unfortunately, the RNC has decided to embrace this candidate as our standard-bearer. So every press release, every tweet that does not denounce Trump will be seen as capitulating to the GOP…I cannot be part of that. No matter how loud I am in my renouncement of Trump, my title will still betray me.”
Jorgensen is not alone in her stance. According to a recent Fox News poll, Gary Johnson is now polling at 10 percent, a number that continues to rise and can be largely attributed to his support from young voters who have an unfavorable view of Trump.
“I cannot stand by and continue to write newsletters and posts that so strongly conflict with my personal values. I will not surrender my beliefs,” Jorgensen closed with a statement that many millennial conservatives can relate to. “This is not the way forward. I will not quietly fall in line. I will not give up my principles. I will always be #NeverTrump.”