Donald Trump Loses House Lawmakers at Almost Double the Rate of Barack Obama in First Term

Almost double the number of House Republicans have retired in the first four years of President Donald Trump's presidency compared to the Democrats under Democrat Barack Obama.

Analysis from The Washington Post also shows that 40% of the 271 GOP lawmakers who were in office at the time of Trump's inauguration have left or announced plans to leave their posts, with 41 of them retiring (compared with 25 Democrats who retired in the first four years of Obama's presidency).

While election losses have played a role in that decline, some members of the GOP have made it clear that POTUS is the reason for their departure. Lawmakers like Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) and Rep. Paul Mitchell have been transparent about their decision to leave their roles or quit the party as a result of the president.

"Did any member of this conference expect that their job would start out every morning trying to go through the list of what's happening in tweets of the day?" Mitchell said, The Washington Post reported, in a nod to the president's well-known Twitter habit.

"We're not moving forward right now. We are simply thrashing around," he added, having previously commented that politicians were "here for a purpose—and it's not this petty, childish b*******," after the president's comment that four Democratic Congresswomen should "go back" to the countries they came from

"So interesting to see 'Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run," Trump tweeted in July.

"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough. I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!" he added in the flurry of tweets, prompting a spectacular backlash on social media. Ten days later, Mitchell resigned.

Amash, who has remained a lawmaker despite leaving the GOP in July this year, was even more outspoken about his views of the president, suggesting that Trump should be impeached (becoming the first and only Republican to do so), and commenting that modern politics was trapped in a "partisan death spiral."

Even those Republicans who have shied away from dubbing Trump the reason for their departure from the party have made comments suggesting they are unhappy with the president's attitude.

The shock resignation of Will Hurd last month raised questions as to why the party up-and-comer would leave his post.

In a speech prior to announcing his retirement, Hurd said: "The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of our country. Why is that? I'll tell you. Don't be a racist. Don't be a misogynist, right? Don't be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we all should learn when we were in kindergarten."

In addition to seeing almost double the amount of retirement announcements in his first term than Obama, Trump has also seen a huge turnover of his own staff, with data compiled by Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Kathryn Dunn Tenpas showing turnover of Trump's "A-team" (including member's of Trump's executive office) is at 78%.

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