Despite his best efforts, Donald Trump can’t unify his party. Several members of the Republican Party have declined to comment on the presidential race, and some are even openly endorsing Hillary Clinton. Congressman Adam Kinzinger isn’t going that far, but he’s not supporting his party’s nominee, either.
Kinzinger appeared on Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” to give his thoughts on the general election. The congressman said that he’s had trouble endorsing Trump. Kinzinger went to the Republican National Convention with the hope of rallying behind the nominee, but he said that Trump’s statements regarding NATO forced him to hold off on that endorsement. Then it was the GOP nominee’s feud with the Khan family that made it impossible for Kinzinger to support him.
Trump’s feud with the Khans has been a major source of embarrassment. Most candidates would have simply ignored the grieving family’s criticisms, but not him. He launched into a week-long attack on the family, prompting outcries from veterans groups and GOP leaders. His attack on the Gold Star family is just the latest in a series of incidents that have made many voters wary of his temperament.
During the course of the interview, Kinzinger frequently pointed out that he believes Trump is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief. The congressman acknowledged that he agreed with President Obama on that issue, but said his reasoning was different.
Kinzinger also said that he believes Trump is dangerous to the long-term health of the Republican party. Kinzinger’s fears are well-founded. There are numerous polls that show the former “Apprentice” star has very little support among minorities and young voters. Even if he wins this election, it’s possible he could do serious damage to the party’s brand.
Kinzinger admitted that his refusal to support Trump could cost him voters since his district did support Trump in the primaries. Despite this, he feels that he has to put the country before party or political ambition.
Kinzinger’s comments are interesting because they echo a growing sentiment in the Republican Party. If Trump isn’t able to unify his own party, then how can he hope to unify a country?
You can check out the full interview below:
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