Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who currently heads the Americans Against Antisemitism organization, has officially announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party and changing his affiliation to the Republican Party.

“IT’S OFFICIAL: My wife and I have switched our party affiliation from Democrat to Republican! People have long been asking, ‘Dov, when are you gonna leave the Democratic Party? Well, the time has come because the Dems have turned their back on Jews & Israel, so it’s officially done!” Hikind wrote.

Hikind also posted a video of him and his wife, Shani, explaining their decision to join the Republican Party.

“I have been a lifelong Democrat, my family, my parents, but that's over. That's finished. I have decided to register as a Republican,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic party has become so radicalized, so radical, run by the radicals, that people who are moderates or conservative Democrats are not welcomed in the Democratic party.”

“And I've had enough. The Democratic party turns its back on its friends like Israel, the Biden Administration right now in policy after policy. I'm just tired. I've had enough,” Hikind said. “It took a long long time but I am delighted to join the Republican Party.”

In recent years, Hikind has been critical of some of the radical elements in the Democratic Party, such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

He also criticized President Joe Biden when Biden delayed calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he officially took office.

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