A Republican member of Congress became the first congressional member of the GOP to endorse Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
In an op-ed for Syracuse.com, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna called Trump “profoundly offensive and narcissistic” and “a world-class panderer” and said his temperament made him unfit for office.
“I never expect to agree with whoever is president, but at a minimum the president needs to consistently display those qualities I have preached to my two children: kindness, honesty, dignity, compassion and respect,” Hanna said.
He continued: “If I compare the life stories of both candidates I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways. A self-involved man who is worth billions yet is comfortable — almost gleefully — using bankruptcy laws to avoid the consequences of his own choices. A man of character would not defend his actions but rather display shame and or at least regret. He is unrepentant in all things. Think about those average people who paid for his choices.”
Hanna suggested that Trump’s criticism of Khizr Khan, the outspoken father of a Muslim-American soldier killed defending his unit in Iraq, helped him decide to cast his vote for Clinton.
“For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country,” Hanna said.
Though some Republican members of the House and Senate have said that they would not support the Republican presidential nominee, Hanna is the first to cross party lines and signal his preference for Clinton.
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