More than 70 Republicans have penned an open letter to RNC Chair, Reince Priebus, begging the GOP to cut off Donald Trump’s funding and use that money to support down ticket candidates instead.
A draft of the letter, which is expected to be sent out next week, reads:
We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck. This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.
Numerous conservative Senators and high-profile GOP national security officials have said in no uncertain terms that they simply cannot cast their vote for the Republican nominee. Politico reports that among those who signed their names to the letter are former Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and former Reps. Chris Shays of Connecticut, Tom Coleman of Missouri and Vin Weber of Minnesota.
“Close to 20 of the co-signers are former RNC staffers, including Mindy Finn (former RNC chief digital strategist), Christine Iverson Gunderson (former RNC press secretary), Virginia Hume Onufer (former RNC deputy press secretary), Beth Miller (former RNC field communications division director), Heather Layman (former deputy press secretary), B. Jay Cooper (former RNC communications director under four chairmen) and Patrick Ruffini (former RNC e-campaign director).”
Andrew Weinstein, a vocal anti-Trump Republican, helped to organize the effort and said the letter is coming from “People who want the party to protect its majorities in the Senate and the House. It’s not an endorsement of anybody.”
The scathing letter lists a multitude of Trump’s transgressions, which have “alienated millions of voters of all parties,” including his attacks on Gold Star families and his statement encouraging Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails.
Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants, and minorities,” the letter states. “He also has shown dangerous authoritarian tendencies, including threats to ban an entire religion from entering the country, order the military to break the law by torturing prisoners, kill the families of suspected terrorists, track law-abiding Muslim citizens in databases, and use executive orders to implement other illegal and unconstitutional measures.
The RNC has not responded to requests for comment so far.
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