While most GOP leaders have stated that Donald Trump’s comments regarding the Mexican-American judge presiding over his Trump University case are unacceptable and even “textbook racist,” as Paul Ryan put it, they are still apparently willing to vote for the GOP nominee.
Mark Kirk, a Republican senator from Illinois, feels differently.
Kirk is the first senator to officially unendorse Trump. He put out a statement on Tuesday, detailing why he can no longer support the billionaire.
Kirk wrote that he finds, “Donald Trump’s belief that an American-born judge of Mexican descent is incapable of fairly presiding over his case is not only dead wrong, it’s un-American.”
He continued that, “Donald Trump’s latest statement, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women, and disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”
Kirk’s principled stand is all the more notable because he is facing a tough reelection in Illinois, and is likely to lose his seat to Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Breaking from a Republican Party that is pushing for unity requires enormous moral fiber and fortitude.
Kirk’s choice parallels action taken by another GOP lawmaker, Iowa state senator David Johnson, who left the Republican Party today over Trump.
Johnson compared Trump to Hitler, stating that, “certainly the fascists took control of Germany under the same types of strategies."
It’s heartening to see at least a few members of the GOP take action rather than simply repudiate Trump’s language—take notes, Paul Ryan.
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