With Senator Lindsey Graham calling on Republicans to jump ship from their endorsements of Donald Trump over his comments about Judge Curiel, the GOP endorsers and supporters of Trump are now stuck in a pickle to either cower with Graham or stand with Trump as he takes on media criticism for his disavowing of the judge with ties to racist super group La Raza.
Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has officially become Trump’s first “un-endorsement.” Awhile back, Kirk said that he would endorse Trump if he did ultimately secure the nomination. More recently, Kirk had made it clear he was willing to overlook differences of opinion in the name of his own reelection chances. “Donald Trump is kind of a riverboat gamble,” Kirk told CNN last month. “He won the Illinois primary, in this case we have seen the Republican vote up and the Democratic vote down, so it looks like it’s a net benefit.”
Now, Kirk is taking it all back. On Tuesday, he tweeted out his disapproval of Trump as a possible Commander-in-Chief. Kirk also released the following statement elaborating on why he is now choosing to rescind his endorsement and support:
“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.”
Kirk said he now plans to write in former CIA director David Petraeus’ name on his presidential ballot come November. What good will that do? None whatsoever. It seems the GOP still chooses not to listen to its voters and American audience, and are choosing to squirm to liberal media barking. His tweet can be viewed below: