Former FBI Director James Comey said he no longer considers himself a Republican and the GOP "has left me and many others" and "they've lost their way," ABC News reported.
Comey — whose comments aired during the network's podcast “Start Here" — also said he "can't be associated with" the Republican Party, ABC News said.
The former FBI director told podcast host Brad Mielke he believes the GOP began to change during the 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to do so since President Donald Trump took office, ABC News said.
But Comey revealed he took a closer look at politics after Trump fired him nearly a year ago and concluded that "these people don't represent anything that I believe in," the network reported.
Comey also pointed out the Republican National Committee's website bearing his surname, LyinComey.com, which to him was “no better evidence” that the GOP was no longer for him, ABC News said.
"I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump's values," Comey added during the podcast, the network said. "It doesn't reflect values at all. It's transactional, it's ego-driven, it's in service to his ego. And it's, I think, consoling itself that we're going to achieve important policy goals — a tax cut or something."
Who does Comey respect from the GOP?
Comey said he respects former presidential nominee and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, calling him a "person of principle and honor" and "somebody you have to respect because they care about the values that everyone should care about no matter what your party affiliation is," ABC News said.
Will Comey vote for Trump if he runs in 2020?
Comey said during the podcast he intends to vote against Trump, assuming he runs in 2020, the network reported.
"I can't imagine a circumstance of me voting for President Trump,” Comey said, ABC News noted, "given what I think he reflects in terms of values.”
How does Comey feel about politics in general?
"I find politics to be kind of icky in general," he added to Mielke, the network said. "I'd never want to run for office myself ... I'd certainly want to speak."
Comey also declared that Americans need to support a president "who reflects the values of this country," whether that person is a Republican or Democrat, ABC News noted.
"If we don't get that right, we can waste all the time we want to waste on fighting about policy," he added, the network said. "We're losing something that is essential to America."
Comey has been talking up his book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” with members of the media of late. Here's a clip of him telling "The View" the GOP left him and he's no longer comfortable being part of it:
Former FBI Dir. James @Comey says "the Republican party left me and people like me": "I'm just not comfortable bein… https://t.co/TIuhOcLtMu— The View (@The View) 1524065730.0
(H/T: Washington Times)