Clinton’s wish list: Republicans against Trump

June 8, 2016
Republicans Against Trump

Screenshot from the site https://www.republicansagainsttrump.org/

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign has set up a wish list of sorts in a new website, republicansagainsttrump.org, inviting members of the opposition party to take a pledge against their unpopular standard bearer, Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is not qualified to be president. He does not represent my beliefs as a Republican and, more importantly, my values as an American. He does not speak for me and I will not vote for him,” the pledge reads.

The website, which offers a free sticker to those who sign up, is a spinoff of a regular feature of Clinton’s press operation: emails showcasing the Republicans who have either criticized, bemoaned or outright rejected their party’s presumptive nominee in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

As Clinton secured the Democratic nomination in contests on Tuesday night, Trump struggled to recover from a Republican outcry over his comments about a Mexican-American judge overseeing Trump University fraud lawsuits.

Even before her victory over rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s campaign in the last several weeks has pounced on every misstep Trump has made, and the Republican backlash that followed.

It has cataloged Republican gripes in news releases that feature a “growing list of Republicans and conservatives unwilling to support” Trump.

Headlines on the news releases this week focused on Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel: “Republicans condemn Trump’s Racist Comments and “Republicans Continue to Condemn Trump’s Racist Attacks on Judge, Express Concern Over Trump’s Candidacy.”

In May, they read: “Republicans are (still) rejecting a Trump candidacy,” “Republicans Desperate to Distance Themselves from Trump,” “Republicans Still Just not that Into Donald Trump.”

Clinton, who herself suffers from low popularity ratings, is seeking not only to unite her own party after an unexpectedly strong challenge from Sanders, but also to draw those disaffected Republicans.

She criticized Trump in her victory speech on Tuesday night over what she called divisive rhetoric and policies that are contrary to American values.

“This election is not, however, about the same old fights between Republicans and Democrats. This election is different,” Clinton said, asking voters “whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or independent” to join her.

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