- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Harvard Republican Club announced Thursday afternoon that “for the first time in 128 years,” the group will not be endorsing the Republican nominee for president.

In a scathing statement posted to its Facebook page, the Harvard Republican Club said Donald Trump is “a threat to the survival of the Republic” and holds views that are antithetical to the group’s values “not only as Republicans, but as Americans.”

“His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy,” the statement read. “He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.”

The statement claimed that late President Ronald Reagan, who “called on us to maintain decency in our hearts by loving our neighbor,” would be ashamed of Mr. Trump.

“The rhetoric [Mr. Trump] espouses — from racist slander to misogynistic taunts — is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel,” the statement continued.

The group said Mr. Trump isn’t eschewing political correctness, “he is eschewing basic human decency.” They argued that most importantly, Mr. Trump does not possess “the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world.”

The Harvard Republican Club concluded its statement by calling on GOP leaders to renounce their support of Mr. Trump

In an email to Harvard Republicans on Thursday, Republican Club President Declan P. Garvey stressed to members that although the club officially opposes the nominee, the group will still help coordinate with members interested in campaigning for Mr. Trump, The Harvard Crimson reported.

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