NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–June 27, 2016. Donald Trump has spent years spouting hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies that will do serious harm to working families and put America’s security at risk, and Republicans are increasingly concerned Trump can’t clean up his act sufficiently to have a shot at winning this election. Rightly so, given that just today Trump delivered a divisive, unhinged rant against Senator Elizabeth Warren to a reporter and defended his comments by saying “I do me.” The more Trump is Trump, the less Republicans want to support his candidacy for president.
Politico: Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump’s convention: “The widespread lack of interest, Republicans say, boils down to one thing: the growing consensus that it’s best to steer clear of Trump. ‘Everyone has to make their own choice, but at this point, 70 percent of the American public doesn’t like Donald Trump. That’s as toxic as we’ve seen in American politics,’ said Stuart Stevens, a longtime Republican strategist who helped to craft the party’s 2012 convention.”
Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey [R-NH]: “Calling @realDonaldTrump a ‘dangerous sociopath’ Fmr NH Sen Gordon Humphrey pushing toward a convention coup.”
Brent Swander, Ohio-based Republican operative: “Right now I feel no obligation to lift a finger to help Donald Trump…Everything that we’re taught as children — not to bully, not to demean, to treat others with respect — everything we’re taught as children is the exact opposite of what the Republican nominee is doing. How do you work for somebody like that? What would I tell my family?”
ABC: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Declines to Say If Trump Is Qualified to Be POTUS: “Pressed by ABC Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on whether he thinks Trump is qualified, McConnell replied, ‘I leave it up to the American people to decide.’”
North Carolina GOP delegate Mark Mahaffey: “I don’t want [Trump] to have the nomination…I don’t trust him. I don’t think he’s very stable.”
Lori Sturdevant, conservative columnist for the Star Tribune: “The incomparable and inescapable (and some would add insufferable) Donald J. Trump appears to be the inevitable Republican presidential nominee this year, whether Minnesota Republicans like it or not. But that doesn’t mean the Minnesotans have to put on a false show of party unity. Or should.”
TPM: Carroll Correll, Virginia GOP official, files suit to unbind his vote for Trump at GOP convention: “Correll believes that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President of the United States and that voting for Donald Trump would therefore violate Correll’s conscience,’ the complaint said. ‘Accordingly, Correll will not vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot, or any other ballot, at the national convention. He will cast his vote on the first ballot, and on any additional ballots, for a candidate whom he believes is fit to serve as President.’”
Henry Paulson Jr,. former U.S. Treasury Secretary under President George W. Bush: “Republicans stand at a crossroads. With Donald Trump as the presumptive presidential nominee, we are witnessing a populist hijacking of one of the United States’ great political parties. The GOP, in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism. This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American. Enough is enough. It’s time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump.”
Kendal Unruh, Founder of “Free the Delegates”: “We’re watching the entire disintegration of the Trump train right in front of us…My party’s been hijacked. We truly look at this as a last ditch attempt to same the party.”
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