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Pennsylvania Democrats are leaving the party in huge numbers ahead of November’s crucial midterm elections.
A new report reveals that almost “8,400 Democrats in just the western part of Pennsylvania have switched parties to become Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterm elections,” the New York Post stated.
During an interview on “Fox & Friends First,” Pennsylvania’s Beth Ann Rosica discussed what she believes is prompting the mass exodus.
“I think the economy is huge, and I also think a lot of the school issues for parents across the state of Pennsylvania, it’s just been horrific watching what’s happened to our kids academically, socially, emotionally,” Rosica said.
“All of these failed policies have just really resulted in academic losses,” Rosica said, adding that she thinks many parents are “fed up and disgusted with what’s happened here over the last two and a half years” with surging inflation and gas prices.
As noted by the Post, the Pennsylvania Department of State states that over 39,000 Democrats have switched their party registration in 2022. On the other side, roughly 12,000 voters switched to the Democratic Party from the GOP.
“As a former Democrat for 34 years prior to the pandemic, I too thought that the Democratic Party was really focused on the people that they pretend to support,” Rosica said.
“What I saw through the pandemic was that the Democratic Party basically abandoned all of those people,” Rosica said. “And so that was why I left the party, or as I like to say, the party really left me, and I think that a lot more people are really starting to see that.”
Earlier this week, a retired Border Patrol agent announced she left the Democrat Party over the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends First,” retired CBP officer Rosa Arellano explained that the policies of the Biden administration worsened border security compared to policies in place under the Trump administration.
Arellano said former President Donald Trump inspired her to switch parties, explaining how he listened to the concerns of border agents.
“He was the first president in a long time that I recall actually came down to the border,” Arellano said on Fox News.
“When he came down, and he spoke to the subject-matter experts of Border Patrol and us, the CBP officers, he listened to us,” Arellano, who lives in Texas along the border, said.
“He listened to us letting him know that we needed a multi-layer solution to this situation. And we mentioned that we needed physical barriers, strategic locations, we needed better infrastructure, we needed more boots on the ground, and better technology. He listened to us, and he pointed it out to the country,” she said.
Arellano said it is “pure hypocrisy” from Democrats for calling the bussing of migrants a crisis when border communities are overwhelmed on a daily basis.
Arellano suggested Democrats go to the border to witness the crisis firsthand.
“If they come down and they check out what’s going on, they would be baffled. We have our small border town which is just about 30,000-35,000. It’s ridiculous that we’re getting illegals entering our area at a rate of about a thousand a day.”
Earlier this month, two life-long Democrats recently announced they will be running for re-election as Republicans, in part, because of the worsening border crisis under Biden.
Terrell County Judge Dale Carruthers and Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara — two females in Texas border communities — voiced frustration with Biden’s border policies destroying their small communities.
“The single reason they switched parties, they say, is because the Biden administration’s policies led to more than 2 million people coming through the southern border from over 150 countries. The costs of crime stemming from an open border – increased trafficking and smuggling of people, weapons, and guns – to their communities has prompted them to say, “enough is enough” and do something about it,” Blankley wrote.
Carruthers said, “I come from a Hispanic heritage, which was prominently Democrat. The chaos at the border and everything that’s been going on make me realize that I needed to switch parties. I am very happy to be a Republican and to represent this great state of Texas as a judge.”
“I’ve been a Democrat since 1992,” Guevara said. “I’ve always ran as a Democrat and this is my first year to run as a Republican. I’m very grateful for Gov. Abbott for all he has done for Texas and continues to do for Texas, especially with our border crisis.”