The Donald Trump campaign for the White House is currently caught up in the midst of a hubbub concerning some of Trump’s recent commentary about the judge who is presiding over the Trump University case. The press coverage of the fiasco has led many in the GOP to begin worrying (again) about the idea that Donald Trump is the likely Republican nominee. Into this uncertain milieu stepped RINO Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who told the New York Times that perhaps it was time for Republican politicians to start un-endorsing Mr. Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, another former primary rival of Mr. Trump’s, urged Republicans who have backed Mr. Trump to rescind their endorsements, citing the remarks about Judge Curiel and Mr. Trump’s expression of doubt on Sunday that a Muslim judge could remain neutral in the same lawsuit, given Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim noncitizens entering the country.
“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” Mr. Graham said. “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”
Trump superfan Chris Christie (R-N.J.) was not impressed with Graham’s attacks.
But Illinois Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) who once called Graham his ” bro with no ho” is currently embroiled in a tough campaign for reelection must have found some wisdom in Graham’s advice because on Tuesday he did exactly as Graham recommended.
Kirk released a statement saying:
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.
The Trump campaign responded immediately, arguing that Trump was not attacking Judge Curiel’s heritage, but simply pointing out that Curiel is not an unbiased arbiter in this case.
It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.
Any bets on which GOP politician will be next?
Cross-posted at Eagle Rising