Republican Concerns Grow Amid Trump’s Continued Racism
June 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More Republican leaders are speaking out against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s racist rhetoric as they recognize a message and approach at odds with the views of most Americans.
In terms of an immigration approach, Donald Trump has espoused mass deportation — which three-quarters of Americans oppose, according to FWD.us. Carrying out such a strategy would cost up to $300 billion over two years and involve a huge increase in government personnel and resources, according to the American Action Forum.
And this week, his message on the Trump University lawsuit before Judge Gonzalo Curiel remains the center of attention.
“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told The New York Times. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois has said that he cannot and will not support Donald Trump’s candidacy.
“After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world,” Kirk said in a statement. “Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the 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.”
An in Iowa, State Sen. David Johnson suspended his Republican Party membership, the Des Moines Register reports. He also called for national and state Republican leaders to withdraw their support for Trump in light of his remarks.
“I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot,” Johnson said.
“From Capitol Hill to local statehouses, Republican leaders are recognizing that the policies and language of Donald Trump do not reflect the realities of the country he says he wants to lead,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Trump’s nativist rhetoric and proposals that include scapegoating and rounding up entire populations are inhumane, not to mention unfeasible.
“Across the country, Republican leaders are standing up to this hateful language and calling for a presidential campaign that focuses on our core values and the reality that immigrant contributions help our country thrive.”