Conservative pundit Glenn Beck recently said that Donald Trump is so unfit for public office that Republicans have to make the “moral, ethical choice” and support Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.
Beck made the announcement in a Saturday afternoon Facebook post, just a day after the audio tape where Trump describes his preferred method of committing sexual assault leaked.
“It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity,” Beck wrote. “If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it.”
He went on to say that “if one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office, then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness, and depravity.”
Beck continued, adding his voice to the chorus of conservatives calling on the GOP candidate to remove himself from the race. “Trump stepping down does not guarantee a Clinton win, but it does guarantee that the Republican party still stands for something, still allows its members to maintain thier [sic] own self respect and that it still has a future,” Beck wrote.
Beck’s comments earned the ire of his followers, many of whom responded by calling him a “looser.” Others threatened to unfollow the pundit, whereas others wrote that they planned to write in vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on the presidential ballot.
30 former Republican lawmakers seem to agree with Beck’s assessment of Trump. The ex-representatives, many of whom come from battleground states such as Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania, penned an open letter describing the possibility of Trump’s presidency in no uncertain 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 coalition wrote. “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.”
The response from Trump’s side has been short and sweet, with the Republican nominee tweeting Tuesday morning that “the shackles have been taken off me,” after calling Speaker of the House Paul Ryan a “weak and ineffective leader.” Ryan has previously stated that although he will not rescind his endorsement of Trump, he will no longer publicly defend him.
If his Twitter account is to serve as any kind of guide, it doesn’t seem like Trump is counting on anyone else’s support in the first place:
Disloyal R’s are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win – I will teach them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016