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30 Republicans Jump Ship: ‘We Just Can’t Back Donald Trump’


30 Republicans Jump Ship: ‘We Just Can’t Back Donald Trump’

In a move that is likely to boost Hillary Clinton’s momentum, thirty Republicans who served in Congress signed a letter on Thursday declaring they couldn’t vote for Trump in the general election because he’s an “unacceptable Danger,” CNN reported.

“In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges,” the former lawmakers wrote.

“Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing Trump to lead our nation,” they argue. “Donald Trump offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country.”

While the former lawmakers made “no mention of Hillary Clinton,” the power of their statement does not lie in the votes they will cast.

Below is the list of the letter’s signatories, according to CNN:

Mike Parker (R-Miss.)

Tom Petri (R-Wis.)

John Porter (R-Ill.)

Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.)

John “Joe” Schwarz (R-Mich.)

Chris Shays (R-Conn.)

Peter Smith (R-Vt.)

Edward Weber (R-Ohio)

Vin Weber (R-Minn.)

G. William Whitehurst (R-Va.)

Dick Zimmer (R-N.J.)

Steve Bartlett (R-Texas)

Bob Bauman (R-Md.)

Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.)

Jack Buechner (R-Mo.)

Tom Campbell (R-Calif.)

Bill Clinger (R-Pa.)

Tom Coleman (R-Mo.)

Geoff Davis (R-Ky.)

Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.)

Harris Fawell (R-Ill.)

Ed Foreman (R-Texas) (R-N.M.)

Amo Houghton, Jr. (R-N.Y.)

Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.)

Bob Inglis (R-S.C.)

Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.)

Steve Kuykendall (R-Calif.)

Jim Leach (R-Iowa)

Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.)

Connie Morella (R-Md.)

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