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Junemann Calls on Congressional Leaders to Put Country Ahead of Politics

October 12, 2016

Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell:

Enough is enough. As the highest ranking elected leaders of the Legislative Branch and of the Republican Party, it is time for you to categorically and publicly repudiate the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. It is time to put country first ahead of any short-term political calculus.

Over the past year, Mr. Trump has mocked the handicapped and denigrated the wives of his opponents; insulted former POWs and criticized gold star parents; engaged in classic racist vitriol against a federal judge and called for a religious test for entrance into the U.S.; threatened to abandon our NATO allies and praised the ruthless dictator Putin; manufactured recklessly false accusations that Muslim Americans in NJ cheered during 911 and promoted the racist myth that President Obama was not American born; disrespected our military commanders and called for appeasement of Assad’s war crimes in Syria (and even attacked his running mate for taking a strong position on Syria); condoned the hacking of U.S. computers by our Russian adversaries and questioned national security experts who accuse Russia of cybercrimes; called for unilateral rejection of current treaties; refused to release his tax returns; and, illegally used his charitable foundation to self-deal.

None of this represents the essential philosophy and values of the Republican Party. While I appreciate your efforts in the past to distance yourself from these outrages, the time has come for you to do the right thing for our country and for the millions of Republicans, including the many thousands my union represents across the country.

While I understand the Republican Party is bound by its Convention’s nomination of Donald Trump as the Party’s candidate, I urge you, as individually elected, responsible leaders, to withdraw your own endorsement of Mr. Trump.

Last week, we all heard Mr. Trump brag about how he can leverage his celebrity status to commit sexual assault with impunity. Half-measures are no longer enough. The country needs to see you categorically reject the culture of rape that he is promoting. During Sunday night’s presidential debate, he only half walked this back, dismissing it as “locker room” talk, and then went on to threaten that, if elected, he would put his opponent in jail! This ominous threat to imprison his political rival shows that Mr. Trump’s admiration for Russian President (and former Soviet KGB Director) Vladimir Putin is based on his fundamental megalomaniac flirtation with real totalitarianism here in the U.S. These views are simply disqualifying and it is time for you to reject Mr. Trump in no uncertain terms.

America’s democracy relies on the healthy tension and debate between conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats and everyone in between. The ugly, racist, misogynist, delusional, proto-fascist views of Mr. Trump are not part of that fabric; they are un-American and represent an existential threat to America’s democracy requiring your immediate action.


Gregory J. Junemann

President Junemann's letter to Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell

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