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Endorsing man means endorsing his views
Cincinnati Enquirer, Bruce Healey
September 27, 2016
Dear Sen. Rob Portman: As you no doubt are aware, this year saw the passing of one of the great writers and thinkers of our time, Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and survivor of Auschwitz. He once wrote: “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”
There is a candidate this election who has unequivocally supported racist views; is in fact supported by David Duke, the white supremacist; has belittled women and mocked people with disabilities; and has vowed on several occasions to deport 11 million people from this country. This candidate has also hinted that his opponent should be treated with violence and has openly supported violence at his rallies, vowing legal aid to a supporter who attacked a protester.
This candidate has outlined plans to build an unnecessary wall and to support and encourage torture, as well as the murder of families related to terrorists. He has insulted and mocked Sen. John McCain, a real American hero, for being captured while serving his country. He has multiple bankruptcies to his name, and has made a habit of not paying contractors. Breaking with a multi-decade tradition, he refuses to let anyone see his tax returns. He has links with Vladimir Putin, which he proudly proclaimed, then denied.
The question I have is, why are you supporting him? Why have you not taken the high road like your GOP colleague, Gov. John Kasich and refused to endorse him? If you support him, you endorse these views. Period. There is no middle ground. If you endorse the person then you are agreeing with – and supporting – his bigoted, racist and misogynistic opinions. If you are doing this half-heartedly, then you should read Elie Wiesel’s words above, and know that there is no middle ground. As a senator, I would have expected you to stand tall and reject these un-American, and indeed totalitarian, notions. Instead you folded and you actively endorsed them. Why?