ICYMI: Wichita Eagle: Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, at odds with GOP over Trump, LGBT issues, turns Democrat
December 12, 2018
Wichita Eagle: Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, at odds with GOP over Trump, LGBT issues, turns Democrat
By Jonathan Shorman
A Kansas state senator has switched parties from Republican to Democrat, saying she cannot be complicit in supporting President Donald Trump.
She cited Trump as a factor in her decision, as well as a state Republican party platform change on transgender identity.
“I cannot be complicit in supporting that,” Bollier said, referring to Trump’s presidency. “I can’t call it leadership. I don’t even know what to call him. He is our president, but he is not representing my value system remotely.”
In February, the state party adopted a resolution opposing efforts to validate transgender identity. The resolution was controversial at the time, and in June the party inserted language into its platform that says: “We believe God created two genders, male and female.”
“That was my final, last straw. I support the people of Kansas. I do not condemn whoever they are,” Bollier said.