Republican Rep. Declares He Won’t Vote Trump in Latest Party Backlash Against Nominee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna of Massachusetts took a stand against Donald Trump today, according to Syracuse.com.

“I was the first one in our caucus to say I couldn’t vote for either one of them,” Hanna told Syracuse.com in an interview referring to Trump and Ted Cruz. “I want someone to be president that my children can look up to.”

He’s a three-term Republican and says that the election comes down to dignity and says the crude insults and Trump’s anti-immigration policies led him to take a stand.

“”This campaign is beneath the dignity of the American people,” Hanna said. “The debate has hurt this process. Our unwillingness to push back on the most mean-spirited, bigoted positions is hurting our party, and rightfully so.”

Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also spoken out against Trump being the Republican candidate.

“I find this so troubling, and I know a lot of folks are saying, ‘Mitt just get off your high horse on this and get behind the guy.’ But these things are personal. I love this country. I love the founders. I love what this country is built upon and its values and seeing this is breaking my heart,” said Romney.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and veteran and former presidential candidate John McCain have also spoken out against Trump’s response to the family of a fallen Muslim-American U.S. soldier, saying they do not support a ban on Muslims.

“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Paul Ryan said. “Capt. Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice — and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan — should always be honored. Period.”

McCain agreed.

“While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us,” said McCain of Trump’s statements to the Khan family.

McConnell also said patriots should be honored.

“All Americans should value the patriotic service of the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country that a travel ban on all members of a religion is simply contrary to American values,” McConnell wrote in a statement.

Trump has responded by saying he does support the military.

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