Because they’re facing re-election this year and because I found Donald Trump’s understanding of the term “sacrifice” to be so scary, I decided to write Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to try and get them to withdraw their lukewarm endorsement of Donald Trump. Because they’re both fairly hard line Republicans I did not ask them to endorse Clinton. Below is what I sent them. I strongly encourage you to write Republicans up for re-election and ask them to reconsider their support – or thank them if they’re already part of #nevertrump. We simply can’t afford a president who is so deeply out of touch that they offer self-congratulations in response to a question about sacrifices made.
If I get responses, I will publish them here.
On 7/10/2016, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that you would “support the Republican nominee.” Though you would not say his name, this means that you are supporting Donald Trump for President.
I am asking you to formally withdraw this endorsement. I don’t expect you to endorse Hillary Clinton, but I would like you to endorse Senator Ted Cruz’s approach to “vote your conscience.”
While there have been plenty of reasons not to support Trump and while none of the living Republican presidents endorse him, Trump’s reaction to Captain’s Khan’s Gold Star parents should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for you.
Aside from the reaction itself, which demonstrates anew just how thin-skinned and impulsive the man is, there is his description of his sacrifices from a 7/30/2016 interview on ABC News:
“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”
You are supporting a man who does not understand the meaning of the word sacrifice. That is the man you would have as Commander-in-Chief. This goes beyond misunderstanding though. It appears that Donald Trump’s answer to ANY question must reference his own greatness. I can’t think of one other US politician who operates that way.
Because you support the GOP Nominee, you own this. If Donald Trump’s shallow and self-centered personality coupled with ZERO governing experience blunder us into war, you’ll own that too.
Please pull back from this unwise endorsement. Don’t make a Commander in Chief of one who disrespects the parents of fallen heroes. Don’t entrust the nation’s nuclear codes to one so easily aggrieved and wrapped up in his own personality. Endorse Gary Johnson or no one if you have to, but stop encouraging people to support Donald Trump. Your party will NOT be able to control him in office any better than on the campaign trail. And when he has the military and the intelligence community at his beck and call, anyone outside of his family and inner circle of yes-people will suffer greatly for it. Probably even you, since you haven’t supported him by name.
Please pull back from the brink. Follow the President Bushes and Ted Cruz in rejecting Trump.
Alaska GOP convention delegates making peace with likely Donald Trump nomination
Author: Erica Martinson 7/10/2016 (Alaska Dispatch News)
Trump stirs outrage after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier, 7/30/2016, Washington Post
Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’
By STEVE TURNHAM Jul 30, 2016, 7:36 PM ET (ABC News)