- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The national communications chair for the Young Republicans has announced her resignation, saying she refuses to abandon her conservative principles in order to support the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Katrina Elaine Jorgensen, an editor at the Independent Journal Review, announced her resignation in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

“Regretfully, I am resigning from my position as Communications Chair with the [Young Republican National Federation],” she wrote. “With the practically fulfilled nomination of Donald Trump as our presidential candidate, I can no longer continue to carry out the duties of this position. My principles will not allow it.”

Ms. Jorgensen said she would continue to serve as the Young Republicans’ International Outreach Committee chairwoman in South Carolina.

“I want to continue to work in the Republican cause, supporting conservative ideals and helping to elect down ballot candidates,” she wrote.

“As the head of our national communications my voice is part of our message, and I am intrinsically tied to it. Therefore I must step down. I cannot live with being seen as supporting a candidate I truly feels tramples on all of our values. … I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency,” she declared. “I wanted Young Republicans to be part of the conversation about the White House, to be seen for all the hard work we put in year after year to elect Republicans. But I never could have imagined this outcome. And I cannot use my skills, or implement the plan I laid out for 2016, without feeling like I am losing my soul.

Ms. Jorgensen also called on other Young Republicans to “prayerfully consider their own positions” on Mr. Trump.

“There is no easy answer to the situation our party is in, but I believe we would do much more for our country by standing together against Donald Trump,” she wrote. “We have been told for years how we are the future of the party, this is our opportunity to seize that future. But if we have instead decided to uphold a man who does not represent us or our views — a man that has belittled war heroes, explicitly stated misogynist beliefs, relied on intimidation of minorities, insulted our international allies, rewarded violence, championed divisive rhetoric and proved completely uneducated in conservative fiscal policy — I cannot participate in that.”

Ms. Jorgensen charged that Mr. Trump “endorses bigotry and lawlessness, with a minimal understanding of the fiscal policies long associated with our party, even if he does have an ‘R’ after his name.”

“I cannot stand by and continue to write newsletters and posts that so strongly conflict with my personal values. I will not surrender my beliefs,” she wrote. “This is not the way forward. I will not quietly fall in line. I will not give up my principles. I will always be #NeverTrump.”

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