GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump just made history in becoming the first Republican nominee not to be endorsed by the Harvard Republican Club, "the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation," in 128 years. The refusal to endorse Trump, who the club said it was "ashamed" of and called him a "dangerous man," is the latest show of anti-Trump Republicans.
The Harvard Republicans Club denounced Trump in a statement Thursday explaining he's unfit to lead as president because of his character and his planned policies.
"Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans," wrote the club in the statement. "The rhetoric he espouses –from racist slander to misogynistic taunts– is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel."
The Harvard Republican Club is referring to prisoner of war Sen. John McCain who Trump once called a "dummy" and criticized him for getting caught saying, "I like people who weren't captured." The Gold Star families part refers to Muslim family Khizr and Gahzala Khan whose son was killed serving in Iraq. Khan criticized Trump for his treatment of Muslims including his proposed Muslim ban and Trump responded.
Besides going at Trump over his economic and foreign policies the Harvard Republican Club further criticized Trump's character writing, "In Trump's eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that's just his 'fellow' Republicans."
Trump famously dubbed opponent Sen. Ted Cruz "Lying Ted" and called fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush a "sad sack."
"He isn't eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency," the club wrote.
The Harvard Crimson reported the Harvard Republican Club said 10 percent of its members were supporting Trump, while 80 percent were opposed and 10 percent were undecided.
The Harvard Republican Club also called GOP leaders and other College Republicans to turn their backs on Trump or to not endorse him. Trump's campaign didn't respond to Complex’s request for comment.
The Harvard Republican Club wrote:
“Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic. His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.”