According to the Guardian newspaper, a Republican congressman who is a veteran of the Iraq war has said he cannot support Donald Trump in the wake of the presidential nominee’s ongoing feud with the parents of an American soldier.
“I don’t see how I get to Donald Trump anymore,” Rep Adam Kinzinger said in an interview. “Donald Trump for me is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics.”
Kinzinger had yet to endorse Trump but said he had been hoping to be persuaded following the Republican convention in Cleveland, where the reality TV star formally accepted the party’s nomination for president.
Kinzinger said he was instead dismayed to find Trump berating Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Captain Humayun Khan died in Iraq. The soldier’s father spoke out against Trump at the Democratic convention and in subsequent interviews.
Kinzinger, whose district Trump carried in the Illinois Republican primary in March, said he would not support Clinton nor tell voters how to cast their ballots. But he simply could not back a nominee who “throws all these Republican principles on their head”.
“I’m an American before I’m a Republican,” Kinzinger said. “I won’t be silent. He can tweet all he wants. I have to do this for my country and for my party.”