Charlie Crist: I Couldn’t Stay with GOP ‘So Unfriendly’ to Black President

Charlie Crist used to be the Republican governor of Florida, now he’s running for the same position as a Democrat. And in a new interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Crist says part of the reason he left the GOP is because many Republicans were showing particular disdain for an African-American president.

Crist said he became too uncomfortable associating with Republicans because “they’re perceived now as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment.” Ramos challenged him, saying that Crist’s switch to the GOP was after he lost the primary in 2010 to Marco Rubio.

Crist denied that was the driving force behind his party switch, insisting that Republican leadership just “went off the cliff and the party won’t cooperate with Obama on anything. But he also ended up invoking race as another big reason he can’t be a Republican anymore.

“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there.”

Watch the video below, via Fusion:

[h/t Daily Caller]
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