I really feel for Republicans — elected ones and Republican candidates — as we move towards November. I really do. The GOP clown car is down to three largely unlikeable and terrible candidates. Anaheim City Council member Kris Murray, a Republican, issued a statement via email that warrants our attention. I believe she’s the first Republican elected official to call out candidate Donald Trump for his hateful rhetoric.
Here’s Murray’s statement:
Taking a Stand Against Divisive Rhetoric in U.S. Presidential Race
This presidential election has seen political rhetoric and candidate behavior fall to new lows unbecoming our great nation.
At last night’s city council meeting, I called for a resolution condemning the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violent actions of his staff and supporters, all condoned by Trump during this unprecedented presidential campaign.
Anaheim is the 10th largest city in the State of California and the largest city in the County of Orange. We are one of the oldest cities in the state with a diverse fabric of neighborhoods that make up our great city. Our population is more than 50 percent Latino, and we have one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. Anaheim is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world with nearly 26 million annual visitors. As elected officials, we have a moral obligation to speak out against bigotry and hate speech directed at those we represent.
Trump has viciously attacked women, people of many races, religion and creeds, veterans and POWs, representatives of the media who challenge his statements, many of our allied nations, local, state and national leaders, people of states who don’t vote in support of him, Republican party leaders who follow election law inconvenient to his campaign, and even most recently Pope Francis. In fact, anyone who engages in civil discourse that challenges him on a personal or policy level becomes the subject of vicious and malevolent attacks by Trump, his campaign and his supporters.
The actions of any presidential candidate must be held to the highest ethical standards. Trump has consistently denigrated the office he seeks and the people of this nation by extension. We can and must expect more from anyone seeking to serve as President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the nation’s armed forces.
Whether it is Trump or any candidate running for elected office in a representative republic, the survival of America’s fundamental principles requires civil discourse, understanding diverse views and moving forward with decisions benefiting society as a whole. No less is acceptable for the future leader of the free world.
The resolution condemning the words and actions of presidential candidate Donald Trump will be heard by the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday, April 26th and I respectfully ask for the community’s support to take this principled stand in our city.
I’m hoping Murray issues a similar statement about Texas Senator Ted Cruz at some point. Because in many ways Cruz is just as bad in not worse.
Orange County Republicans — you know you have three terrible choices this November. You’re already blue; make it official. Why not bite the bullet and join me in voting for Hillary Clinton for president? You’ve done worse things; like voting for George W. Bush twice.