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Senator Kirk: Donald Trump Is “Dead Wrong” And “Un-American”

June 7, 2016

Sen. Mark Kirk, one of the most endangered Republican senators up for reelection this fall has bravely and correctly concluded that he will be unable to support Donald Trump for president. The Illinois lawmaker had earlier said he would support his party’s nominee.

Now sunlight has entered his thinking and with the enlightenment the senator issued the following statement:

I have spent my life building bridges and tearing down barriers – not building walls. That’s why I find 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 is un-American.

As the Presidential campaign progressed, I was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that was inclusive, thoughtful and principled. While I oppose the Democratic nominee, 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.

It is absolutely essential that we are guided by a commander-in-chief with a responsible and proper temperament, discretion and judgment. Our President must be fit to command the most powerful military the world has ever seen, including an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons. After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2016 9:52 PM

    Peter, I have some months left to work on you…..thanks for reading and thinking.

  2. June 7, 2016 7:55 PM

    Gregory — I must conclude that you were right. Although I was a Sanders supporter (because of my insistence on addressing income inequality as our most important domestic issue) I will not align myself with Trump’s open bigotry. I can’t really get behind Hillary because I believe that she’s too beholden to Wall Street, but I will not vote for a bigot.

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