August 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Prominent gay Republicans urge RNC to stop funding Trump

Jim Kolbe, gay news, Washington Blade

Former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe is among the 123 Republicans who have urged the Republican National Committee to no longer fund Donald Trump. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).

Three gay Republicans have urged the Republican National Committee to no longer fund Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, former Delaware Republican Party Executive Director John Fluharty and Bowie (Md.) City Councilman Michael Estève are among the 123 Republicans who signed the open letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus that was sent on Tuesday.

The letter references Trump’s criticism of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan’s parents who spoke at the Democratic National Convention. It also notes, among other things, that the Republican presidential nominee appeared to tell supporters at a North Carolina campaign rally earlier this month that he supports the assassination of Hillary Clinton.

“Those recent outrages have built on his campaign of anger and exclusion, during which he has mocked and offended millions of voters, including the disabled, women, Muslims, immigrants and minorities,” reads the letter that Rolling Stone published. “He also has shown dangerous authoritarian tendencies, including threats to ban an entire religion from entering the country, order the military to break the law by torturing prisoners, kill the families of suspected terrorists, track law-abiding Muslim citizens in databases, and use executive orders to implement other illegal and unconstitutional measures.”

The letter criticizes Trump for his comments against U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and for suggesting that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It also notes that Trump initially declined to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and McCain in their respective re-election campaigns.

“His actions towards his fellow Republicans should disqualify him from receiving any further support,” reads the letter.

The letter also notes recent polls that indicate Trump is losing to Clinton by up to 14 points. It reads these “margins would make for the largest general election blowout since 1984 if they held.”

“Every dollar spent by the RNC on Donald Trump’s campaign is a dollar of donor money wasted on the losing effort of a candidate who has actively undermined the GOP at every turn,” reads the letter. “Rather than throwing good money after bad, the RNC should shift its strategy and its resources to convince voters not to give Hillary Clinton the ‘blank check’ of a Democrat-controlled Congress to advance her big government agenda.”

“In our view, Trump’s divisive and dangerous actions are not only a threat to our other candidates, but to our party and the nation,” it adds. “Only swift and decisive action can save the Republican Party and protect the hundreds of other GOP candidates running for office.”

Fluharty told the Washington Blade on Wednesday that Trump is no longer “a viable candidate.”

“His viability at the top of the ticket is so weak that it will negatively impact our candidates down ballot,” he said, noting Republicans have a chance to regain control of the Delaware Senate this year.

Estève told the Blade in a telephone interview that Trump’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his failure to release his tax returns are among the reasons he signed onto the letter. Estève also said he is considering voting for Clinton in November.

“We don’t want to lose the White House and the Senate and the House of Representatives,” he said. “We’re encouraging the RNC to be smart about this.”

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.) and U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) also signed the letter.

Billionaire Peter Thiel spoke at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Log Cabin Republicans has not announced whether it will endorse Trump for president.

The letter was sent to Priebus a day after Trump said his administration would require potential immigrants to the U.S. to pass an “ideological test” that would include questions about LGBT rights.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Bob Mitchell

    You normally hate Republicans but now you like some of them because they reinforce your narrative. Who is a hypocrite now? The thing is, they are status professional politicians afraid they will loose their power with Trump. All of that is beyond you tough.

  • Foodahz

    Finally! The GOP always listens to its huge gay membership.

  • Im Just Sayin

    Two “formers” and a city councilman from Bowie, MD? Perhaps you need to re-evaluate using the word “prominent?”

  • ShadrachSmith

    Hillary is the self-proclaimed champion the rights of women and minorities. That rings increasingly hollow, because to Hillary will name you heinous bigot for declining to bake a cake for some lesbians. But murder 50 LGBT and injure 50 more and you’re a tragic victim, probably reacting to islamophobia, whose dad will be invited to stand behind Hillary Clinton at a rally.
    Minorities need to rethink who is on their side. – ht/ Milo

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