Harvard Republicans Won’t Endorse Donald Trump

For the first time in their 128-year history, the club won't back the GOP nominee.

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For the first time in the club’s 128-year history, the Harvard Republicans will not endorse the GOP’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Citing “both policy and temperamental concerns,” the school’s largest conservative group and the oldest College Republicans chapter in America condemned Trump in a blistering statement, claiming the real estate mogul’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric “is poisoning our country and our children.”

“Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic,” the club said. “His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. 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.”

The Harvard Republicans’ disavowal of Trump comes after the GOP nominee repeatedly attacked the family of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, questioned the legitimacy of U.S. elections, kicked a crying baby out of his rally, and told the Washington Post he would not endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain, or Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

“Donald Trump, despite spending more than a year on the campaign trail, has either refused or been unable to educate himself on issues that matter most to Americans like us,” the club went on. “He speaks only in platitudes, about greatness, success, and winning. Time and time again, Trump has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge on critical matters, meandering from position to position over the course of the election. When confronted about these frequent reversals, Trump lies in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen.”

Though the group formally opposes Trump, its president Declan P. Garvey told members in an email Thursday that it will still coordinate with those who wish to campaign for Trump, reports the Harvard Crimson.