On Wednesday, actor and comedian Rob Schneider explained his reasoning for leaving the Democratic Party, saying during an interview that he left because of he felt that the party wanted to be involved in every aspect of people’s lives, and because they are becoming increasingly extreme in their views.
Schneider’s comments came during a Fox News interview on “FOX & friends” that began when the panel asked for his reaction to former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to leave the Democratic Party.
“It shouldn’t be such a shock. We don’t get ten parties, you get two. And I really feel like I don’t want the Democratic Party trying to run my life,” he said. “And there’s not one aspect of your life that they don’t want to interfere with. So I had it with them. So I got out of California and moved to the slightly freer state of Arizona.”
Schneider said that “taxes” were one of the many things that changed his mind about the party but specifically pointed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom as being an influence in his decision to leave the state.
“I mean, Newsom pushed me over the edge,” said Schneider. “I mean, it’s just like, I just don’t think your life gets better there. It gets worse.”
He also pointed to the homelessness crisis in San Francisco, joking that the city either had a “a huge homeless problem or gigantic camping success story.”
As he has gotten older, Schneider said that he’s thought more about the types of freedoms his children and grandchildren will have as they grow up.
“You know something’s wrong when people say, like, if you put God and family and country first, that’s somehow controversial,” he said. “How is that controversial? So I think at a certain point, you have to say, enough of this, and stand up to it.”
Schneider said that people need to trust themselves, follow whichever political party feels right to them, and not worry about the opinions of others. However, he did warn that the political left was full of “a mob of ideologues” that will “attack you” if you get out of line.
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