JUST IN: Powerful Tea Party Congressman Makes Presidential Endorsement, Campaigns SHOCKED!

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U.S. congressman Scott Rigell is anti-Trump because the Republican presidential nominee does not have even one characteristic for the representative’s son to emulate.

The Virginia representative is one of two sitting congress members who signed a letter calling for the Republican National Committee (RNC) to halt Trump’s run for president. He explained to Time why he made the decision:

‘There is not one character trait in Donald Trump I would want my son to emulate. I’m so embarrassed to be identified with him and in fact, I couldn’t be.’

Some 70 current and former Republican elected and party officials all signed the letter to the RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, before it was leaked last week. Since then, that number has grown and has already surpassed 120 Republicans.

The document demands the party stop funding Trump. Instead, it advocates shifting funding to down-ticket party members. The other sitting U.S. congressman who signed the letter is Wisconsin’s representative, Reid Ribble.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has suggested using the anti-Trump letter to clean out the Republican House.

He won’t vote for Trump, but Rigell is no liberal. He came to Congress during the height of the Tea Party, in 2010, and he is self-described as “very conservative.” It was easier for the representative to sign the letter than some because he is not running for re-election.

The Virginian representative favors many of Trump’s talking points, including building a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. He also is in favor of temporarily halting Syrian refugees from coming into the country. Still, Rigell thinks that a Trump presidency would be “catastrophic.” He explained why he signed the letter:

‘I need to have a clear conscience in this matter.’

Rigell has endorsed the Libertarian nominee, former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson, because the House and Senate are both at risk of going Democratic:

‘I think the Senate is in real doubt. That is a very steep hill to climb.’

Trump supporters see the letter as simply another way to elect Hillary Clinton.

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The party has yet to comment on the letter, although its authors delivered it to Priebus earlier this week. Apparently, there are multiple reports from party insiders that the Republican chair is seriously considering pulling the funding mat from beneath Trump’s feet.

Just last Thursday, the Trump campaign laid out $4 million for television ads. This is the first expenditure of this type for the Republican presidential nominee; so far, he has managed to garner free television publicity on a daily basis.

Some believe the letter backfired because it gave Trump the opportunity to fire back. He calls the letter signatories “war mongers.”

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H/T: Time.