Donald Trump has inadvertently made history by becoming the very first presidential nominee in over a century who does not have the support of the Harvard GOP Club — the oldest College Republican organization in the country.
Not only has the student group at Harvard University refused to endorse the foul-mouthed billionaire, but it has also asked Republican leaders to disavow the former reality TV star. Contrary to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain’s unwavering loyalty, members called Trump a “threat to the survival of the Republic” who “isn’t eschewing political correctness” but “eschewing basic human decency.”
“Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans,” the Harvard Republican Club said in a statement on Facebook. “The rhetoric he espouses — from racist slander to misogynistic taunts — is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel.”
The 800-word critique also called out Trump on his flimsy rhetoric, highlighting how, despite spending more than a year on the campaign trail, the business mogul has learned nothing about issues important to the United States.
“He speaks only in platitudes, about greatness, success, and winning,” the social media post read. “When confronted about these frequent reversals, Trump lies in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen.”
About 80 percent members of the Harvard Republican Club oppose Trump, while 10 percent have shown support for him and 10 percent are undecided, according to The Harvard Crimson.
“He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House,” the statement continued. “He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.”
The club also said that President Ronald Reagan would be ashamed of Donald Trump.
It is interesting how one of the oldest and most prestigious Republican organizations is taking a stand against the real estate mogul, but party leaders — particularly Ryan and McCain — refuse to do the same.
They have both faced insults at the hand of Donald Trump and they both think he is wrong about the Khan family, but they are both still loyal to him.
The Harvard Republican Club’s stance has made one thing painfully clear: the Republican Party is in a really, really sad state — and its all because of their boorish presidential nominee.
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