Washington Post columnist who’s voted for Democrats for years announces he is again voting for Democrats


Ex-Republican and Washington Post columnist Max Boot added to his long roster of pieces Monday announcing he would be supporting Democrats.

Boot, a former Republican who advised multiple 2016 GOP candidates on foreign policy, endorsed Hillary Clinton out of disgust with Donald Trump in 2016, announced he was voting straight-Democrat in 2018, endorsed Joe Biden in 2020, has called Republicans a party of White nationalists, has repeatedly said the GOP needs to be destroyed, and has written a book declaring conservatism is permeated by “racism, extremism [and] conspiracy-mongering.”

Yet Boot again framed a piece this week as him making a bold move across party lines.

“I’m a single-issue voter,” he wrote. “My issue is the fate of democracy in the United States. Simply put, I have no faith that we will remain a democracy if Republicans win power. Thus, although I’m not a Democrat, I will continue to vote exclusively for Democrats — as I have done in every election since 2016 — until the GOP ceases to pose an existential threat to our freedom.”

The piece is headlined, “I’m no Democrat — but I’m voting exclusively for Democrats to save our democracy.”

Boot cited Trump’s conduct since the 2020 election and efforts to mount a “coup” to retake the White House.

“To prevent a successful coup in 2024, it is imperative to elect Democrats at every level of government in 2021 and 2022 — to state legislatures and governorships, as well as the House and Senate. Democrats should break a Senate filibuster to pass voting rights legislation that would help ensure free elections,” he wrote.

In a piece from April 7 headlined, “The GOP can’t be saved. Center-right voters need to become Biden Republicans,” Boot wrote, “centrists have a binary choice: Support either an increasingly extremist and obstructionist Republican Party or a Democratic Party that, under President Biden, is working to solve our most pressing problems.”

“We have to destroy the Republican Party in order to save it,” reads another headline from last October.

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