Over 70 Republicans Tell Priebus: Abandon Trump, Focus On House And Senate

Over 70 Republicans, including one former senator and three former congressmen, have already signed an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, pressing the RNC to stop spending money on the troubled candidacy of Donald Trump and direct the funds toward Senate and House races.

Politico, which obtained a copy of the letter, reported that it states:

We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck. This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.

Among the signers are former Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and former Reps. Chris Shays of Connecticut, Tom Coleman of Missouri and Vin Weber of Minnesota. Politico adds:

Close to 20 of the co-signers are former RNC staffers, including Mindy Finn (former RNC chief digital strategist), Christine Iverson Gunderson (former RNC press secretary), Virginia Hume Onufer (former RNC deputy press secretary), Beth Miller (former RNC field communications division director), Heather Layman (former deputy press secretary), B. Jay Cooper (former RNC communications director under four chairmen) and Patrick Ruffini (former RNC ecampaign director).

Republican Andrew Weinstein, former director of media relations for the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and deputy press secretary to then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is one of the organizers of the letter. He stated, “People who want the party to protect its majorities in the Senate and the House. It’s not an endorsement of anybody.”

The letter offers a laundry list of complaints about Trump, arguing that he has "alienated millions of voters of all parties,” attacked Gold Star families, praised foreign dictators, and urged Russia to search for Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

The letter asserts:

Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants, and minorities. He also has shown dangerous authoritarian tendencies, including threats to ban an entire religion from entering the country, order the military to break the law by torturing prisoners, kill the families of suspected terrorists, track law-abiding Muslim citizens in databases, and use executive orders to implement other illegal and unconstitutional measures.

On Monday, a letter signed by roughly 50 senior Republican national security officials was published in The New York Times. The letter stated that the officials would not vote for Trump, asserting:

Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics … A President must be disciplined, control emotions, and act only after reflection and careful deliberation. In our judgement, Mr. Trump has none of these critical qualities. He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood. He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously.

"We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide."

Letter to Reince Priebus

On Tuesday, two former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators stated they would vote for Hillary Clinton. William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly said, "Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws.”


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