More than two dozen former GOP lawmakers publicly disavowed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and said they wouldn't vote for him in November.
“Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment, and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course,” the lawmakers wrote in an Oct. 6 letter, according to CNN. “Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself manifestly unqualified to be president.”
Trump easily won the Republican primary and received more votes than any other Republican in the party's entire primary history, according to Politifact. Nonetheless, many establishment Republicans don't approve of the real estate mogul's presidential bid.
The letter continued:
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In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges.
He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation.
Although the letter doesn't mention Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, organizer Andrew Weintstein told CNN that some of the former lawmakers will vote for her, while others plan to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson.