The Harvard Republican Club announced in a press statement Thursday that for the first time since 1888, America’s longest-running collegiate GOP organization would not be endorsing the party’s presidential nominee in the general election.
Citing both his policy proposals and personal views, Harvard’s Republicans said a Donald Trump presidency “would endanger our security both at home and abroad,” and denounced the real estate tycoon for “not possess[ing] the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world.”
The scathing remarks come less than week after the results of a survey of Republican Club members showed that only 10 percent planned on voting for Trump, compared to 80 percent who said they would not get behind the GOP nominee.
More damning evidence of Trump’s minuscule support at one of the most respected American institutions of higher education came in the form of two other polls conducted at Harvard within the past year.
In Nov. 2015, a straw poll conducted among the Republican Club’s likely voters showed zero support for Trump, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush receiving 48 percent each among respondents.
A second survey taken in May of Harvard’s 2016 graduating class showed 87 percent support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, to Trump’s four percent.
“Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic,” the statement continued. “His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy.”
Despite the harsh words, Republican Club President Declan Garvey, announced in an email that the organization will “continue to fight against liberal overreach on campus” and help re-elect New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte — currently locked in a heated race against Democratic challenger and current governor, Maggie Hassan.
Accusing Trump of exploiting the current plight of the American working class without offering real solutions, Club Republicans ended by invoking the memory of the most revered 20th century conservative.
“President Reagan called on us to maintain this, our shining city on a hill,” the essay began to conclude. “(Reagan) would be ashamed of Donald Trump.”
“We call on our party’s elected leaders to renounce their support of Donald Trump, and urge our fellow College Republicans to join us in condemning and withholding their endorsement from this dangerous man.”
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