Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid went ballistic on the GOP leaders who are still supporting Donald Trump. He called House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “spineless” for continuing to back Trump’s bigoted campaign rather than revoke their endorsements.
Reid is just the latest to add his voice to the chorus of criticism that has come in the wake of Trump’s vile remarks about the parents of a Muslim American soldier who sacrificed his life for the United States in Iraq.
Ryan and McConnell both released statements hailing the bravery of Humayun Khan, but neither mentioned Trump at all. Reid, however, did not just criticize the big-mouthed billionaire or simply praise the heroism of Khan, who was killed by a car bomb 12 years ago. The Minority Leader also went after the GOP leaders who continue support to the Republican nominee.
Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan approvingly spoke at Donald Trump’s convention, endorsed Donald Trump for president and believe he is mentally fit to sit in the Oval Office. Occasional statements that do nothing to repudiate Donald Trump’s words and actions are spineless. Anything short of revoking their endorsements is cowardice,” Reid said.
This shouldn’t be hard. Donald Trump is a sexist and racist man who insults Gold Star parents, stokes fear of Muslims and sows hatred of Latinos. He should not be president and Republican leaders have a moral responsibility to say so.
Trump sparked criticism when he lashed out at Khizr Khan following his speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he asked the Republican candidate if he had ever read the Constitution and then offered to let him borrow his copy. In a fury, Trump attacked the family, asking if Khan had prepared the remarks and claiming that his wife had been silent on stage because of her Muslim faith.
After the backlash, Trump tried to walk back his statements. His vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, tried to help him clean up the mess, but it doesn’t seem like they are getting very far with that.
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