Friday, October 7, 2016

Former Rep. Houghton joins 29 other retired Republican lawmakers in statement renouncing Trump

WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Amo Houghton of Corning, a moderate Republican who long served a sprawling Southern Tier congressional district, signed on to a joint statement with 29 other retired GOP lawmakers urging voters to reject their party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Released Thursday, the letter by a group of moderate to conservative Republicans criticizes Trump in strikingly harsh terms.

“In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges,” the group said.

“He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation.”

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