Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York embarrassed Donald Trump by becoming the first sitting GOP member of Congress to endorse Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president.
Hanna has long been an active detractor of Trump, saying he would not offer his support to the failed businessman during the presidential election. However Hanna’s criticism of Trump is one thing, and offering to support the Republican Party’s sworn enemy in Hillary Clinton is a siren on the rocks to the disaster of a president Trump would prove to be.
The three-time congressman made his declaration in an opinion column where he said, “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.”
Trump, deeply flawed? Let us count the ways. A narcissistic, racist, misogynistic, pathological liar? Yes, Rep. Hanna is correct.
Hanna went on to decry Trump’s virulent and despicable attacks against the family of a fallen Muslim U.S. soldier, “In his latest foray of insults, Mr. Trump has attacked the parents of a slain U.S. soldier. Where do we draw the line? I thought it would have been when he alleged that U.S. Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was caught. Or the countless other insults he’s proudly lobbed from behind the Republican presidential podium. For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
In a separate interview the congressman continued displaying his disdain for Trump, “I was stunned by the callousness of his comments. I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?” He concluded by saying, “While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing. I trust she can lead.”
All should be thankful and applaud both Hanna’s courageous statements and willingness to be the first to break with his party to stand against the Trump apocalypse. It should be noted that Hanna is not seeking another term in congress, and is set to retire from political life. Therefore he has nothing to lose politically. We can only hope others will follow his example of speaking their conscience and doing what they know to be right and true in their hearts — to do whatever they must to prevent Donald Trump from winning in November, even if it means alienating themselves from their own party.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.