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They really don't like him.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/09/2016 12:21:06

In Today's Washington Post, Maine Senator Susan Collins has penned an Op-Ed.

I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.

When the primary season started, it soon became apparent that, much like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mr. Trump was connecting with many Americans who felt that their voices were not being heard in Washington and who were tired of political correctness. But rejecting the conventions of political correctness is different from showing complete disregard for common decency. Mr. Trump did not stop with shedding the stilted campaign dialogue that often frustrates voters. Instead, he opted for a constant stream of denigrating comments, including demeaning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) heroic military service and repeatedly insulting Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.
There is a growing list of influential Republicans who will not be voting for tRump. Some have actually stated they will campaign and vote for Hillary Clinton.

The conservative website, Red State, aligns itself deeply with the #NeverTrump Movement. This is important because they are hosting an event Friday in Colorado. Among the guests? House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Yes, the same Paul Ryan that tRump finally 'endorsed' over the weekend.It was a three-day media orgy of relief that it finally happened, and yet, Ryan will be speaking at a Red State (aka: #NeverTrump) sponsored event.

It's important to know that the highly touted endorsement from tRump wasn't something Ryan asked for. From another #NeverTrump Publication, the National Review:
The speaker’s office delivered a swift and forceful response “Neither Speaker Ryan nor anyone on his team has ever asked for Donald Trump’s endorsement,” Zack Roday, Ryan’s campaign spokesman, said in a statement. “And we are confident in a victory next week regardless.” Indeed, it would be highly unusual for Ryan to solicit Trump’s endorsement — not just because of their many political differences, but because Ryan doesn’t need Trump’s help to win his district.

(snip)

With all this in mind, Trump’s decision to flex muscle at Ryan would seem strategically shortsighted. The nominee appeared eager to demonstrate who holds the power in their forced and often combative partnership. But the most likely outcome next Tuesday is a lopsided Ryan victory, which, in the wake of today’s public quarrel, will leave Trump — not the speaker — looking weak.

Yesterday, tRrump gave an economic speech and it was skewered by the Cato Institute's director of economic policy.
Taken as a whole, Trump's economic plan is disastrous. Large tax cuts without even larger spending reductions mean explosive deficits and debt. Massive interference with free trade means a far less productive economy. The few sensible elements -- tax reform and regulatory reform -- cannot plausibly undo the damage of the other proposals.

And then there is this, possibly the most damning of them all. 50 (FIFTY!) GOP Security advisors have penned a letter declaring the republican candidate as 'Dangerous'.
Donald Trump’s problems inside his own party were compounded Monday when 50 senior national security officials who have served under GOP administrations stretching back to that of Richard Nixon warned he “would be the most reckless president in American history.”

"None of us will vote for Donald Trump," said the letter, in which some of the most influential players in defense policy warned he would be "dangerous" in the Oval Office.

Those who signed include Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, both former secretaries of Homeland Security, as well as John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence.

“Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be president,” the officials warned. “He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”
It is very important to note that the former governor of Pennsylvania is on that list. Tom Ridge being anti tRump may very well guarantee that moderate Republicans in the state, especially those in the Philadelphia suburbs will not vote to elect the Republican nominee. It's an important state to win.

They really despise their nominee. Now let's not get complacent, we really need to get out the vote. With Georgia and South Carolina in play, we can make sure he is not just defeated but defeated with a mandate that says this country will not tolerate hate, bigotry, fear, lies and every single thing that Donald tRump represents. This isn't about politics anymore, this is about love of country regardless of what side of the aisle one is on politically.


and

Raine

(Filling in for our ever loyal TriSec.)

16 comments (Latest Comment: 08/09/2016 20:34:37 by Raine)
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