7 Things You Have to Be OK With to Endorse Donald Trump
Donald Trump will be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party. But some Republicans have reservations climbing aboard the Trump train.
A few prominent figures in the party, including Mark Salter (former top aide to John McCain) and Ben Howe (editor of RedState), say they’ll support Hillary Clinton. Others, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), simply say they will never support Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking Republican official, charted a third course. Yesterday, he announced that he was “just not ready” to support Trump. Ryan was unclear about what Trump needed to do specifically to earn his support. He did say he wanted Trump to run a campaign that conservatives are “proud to support and proud to be a part of.”
That could be a very difficult bar to clear, because he has already staked out positions that many Republicans find repellent. Endorsing Trump means endorsing an individual who would pursue these policies.
Here are the 7 Things:
1. Deport 11 million people with a “deportation force”
2. Total ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
4. Birtherism (which he has still not given up)
5. War crimes
6. Abolish the EPA
7. Abolish the 1st Amendment