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Kirk: Trump’s temperament not fit for the presidency; I will not support




CHICAGO – Illinois' U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said Tuesday that he has changed his mind, and that he will not vote for Donald Trump for president, although both names will appear together as Republican candidates on the November General Election ballot.

"As the presidential campaign progressed, I was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that was inclusive, thoughtful and principled," Kirk, the #1 most vulnerable Republican in the Senate, said in a statement.  

"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," he said.

"It is absolutely essential that we are guided by a commander-in-chief with a responsible and proper temperament, discretion and judgment," Kirk continued. "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.”

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  1. Agreed, Chase. The facts about the issue are not know by Kirk or by the Republicans who are now vilifying Trump. Shame on Republicans for being so misinformed. I never did trust Newt from the time he sat of a sofa with Nancy Pelosi praising global warming.
    Nothing is being said about the campaign money given to Hillary by the judge and his associates. Shame on Republicans. A new party is needed as the Republican Party has cooked its on goose by trying to be liked by Democrats.
    Regarding Kirk, he is toast. Who in their right might could ever vote for him? Kirk is the 2nd worst Republican senator in Congress. He might have an “R” in front of his name, but hr is useless and ineffective after his stroke.

  2. Don’t blame me, I voted for Marter. I wonder if Kirk would have supported Cruz, either. The judge was biased but Trump with his high powered attorneys could have stripped this case from this judge to some other judge. Now Trump looks stupid as well as racist—in his statement today, Trump didn’t cover the Judge’s racist memberships and ties to a La Raza Lawyers Association and the Judge’s membership in an association that is calling for a boycott of Trump businesses. It’s almost as if he wants to lose to his good friend Hillary.

  3. I have been critical of Mark Kirk for several years but even a busted clock is right twice a day and he is right about Donald Trump being unqualified for dog catcher, let alone president. Trump is his own worst enemy and Mark Kirk did not force Trump to say all the stupid remarks that Trump is making every day. Trump is not a Republican, not for conservative principles, and not a decent human being. I will not vote for Hillary but I cannot vote for Trump either so I am still looking for an independent choice.

  4. Meanwhile, keep collecting those campaign donations from Planned Parenthood, Senator, as more babies are aborted while you ring your hands because Trump pointed out the the judge who is ruling over Trump’s case is Mexican and the Trump is building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. That’s all Trump said, but by all means keep pretending to be honorable and you dump Trump and open up envelopes with donations from abortionists.

  5. WE all know that Kirk is a perpetual sellout.
    But Trump is not doing himself any good. The Chicano/Latino Bar Association of California has The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Curiel is a member) as one of the chapters and The National Council of La Raza is listed as one of their affiliates.
    Now this is not overwhelming against Curiel but if any Republican judge belonged to an organization that was affiliated with say the John Birch Society- well you get the picture.
    But Trump is weak in his response and that may be because he is not ready for prime time. He needs to get his act together , get his facts straight, present them and do so in a less bombastic manner.
    And this is coming from someone who really fears that Clinton will get elected.

  6. On the bright side, concerns about crime, competent government services, inflation or the economy, and clean government may transcend racial comments and issues. It has happened in other countries with even greater racially divided communities.

  7. Jorod: I believe you to be correct. Concerns about the economy, health care, illegal immigration, government corruption, etc. are the paradigm for 2016. Moreover, those under 40 have experienced more of the concomitant perversions of affirmative action than have witnessed the actual discrimination for which this beast was created.