The right turns on Donald Trump.

Author:Lueders, Bill
Position::SMOKING GUN
 
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Perhaps never before has a presidential contender aroused as much angst among his own tribe as Donald Trump. Key Republicans and conservatives are alternately refusing to back him or backing him with pinched noses, to ward off the stench. Here are some voices on the right speaking to what's wrong with the GOP nominee.

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"Donald Trump ... is not a Republican or a conservative. If we want to keep our future in our hands, we shouldn't put it in his."

--GOP strategist Alex Castellanos,* 8/20/15 op-ed column

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"Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character."

--Hewlett Packard CEO and longtime Republican Meg Whitman, 8/2/16 Facebook post

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"We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history."

--Fifty national security officials from past GOP administrations, 8/9/16 statement

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"Claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It's absolutely unacceptable."

--House Speaker Paul Ryan, * 6/7/16 remarks to reporters

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"I used to think Trump was an eleven-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about ten years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise ... that can never be satisfied."

--Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, 8/5/16 column

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"He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued. Let no one be mistaken--Donald Trump's candidacy is a cancer on...

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