Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, at odds with GOP over Trump, LGBT issues, turns Democrat

A Kansas state senator has switched parties from Republican to Democrat, saying she cannot be complicit in supporting President Donald Trump.

Sen. Barbara Bollier’s switch was dramatic but not entirely surprising. The Mission Hills lawmaker has a long history of bucking Republican leadership, and had endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly for governor. Her district also leans Democratic.

She cited Trump as a factor in her decision, as well as a state Republican party platform change on transgender identity. She has also clashed with Republicans on a number of issues, from Medicaid expansion to gay rights.

“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.”

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