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Democrats Comment on Trump, Party and the Second Debate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 10, 2016, Alabama Democrats commented on the Presidential races between billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The last week has been a tough one for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said in a statement, “Last night, Donald Trump confirmed that he dodged taxes, belittled sexual assault as “locker room” talk, demonstrated no grasp of foreign policy issues, filled the debate stage with hateful remarks, and threatened to jail his political opponent. At this point it should be abundantly clear that Donald Trump, with his unstable temperament, is historically unfit to be president.”

On Sunday, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional district Jesse Smith said, “Like most, I am disgusted and appalled by the vulgar and utterly disrespectful comments from Donald Trump. His words give truth to a narrative that has followed him throughout his entire campaign: that he has no respect for women and sees them as ‘things’ rather than people. Even worse, the nature of his comments go beyond sexually lewd and enter the realm of sexual aggression and assault. This is not a man who should be president. Not only are his comments damaging to himself, his reputation, and his personal dignity, but they are an indictment of the entire Republican Party and all of those who have endorsed him, including my opponent, Congressman Rogers. At what point does basic human decency and the dignity of our country take precedence over politics? Furthermore, what kind of example are we setting for our children? What kind of message are we sending to our women when a man can say such disgusting, terrible things and still maintain the support from both voters and politicians?”

On Sunday, the Alabama Media Group endorsed Hillary Clinton and said that Trump is “dangerous.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) commented on the Alabama Media Group endorsement: “What? Could my state of Alabama go blue? Choosing who will be our next POTUS should not just be about partisan politics. When one candidate has shown himself to be unfit and indefensibly irresponsible– believe it. You should be with her too! Not Voting is not an option!!”

Some Alabama Republicans, including Governor Robert Bentley, Congresswoman Martha Roby, and Congressman Bradley Byrne are now trying to distance themselves from Trump.

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Chair Worley said, “Alabama Republicans supported Donald Trump’s bigoted and dangerous campaign while he made racist and sexist statements, mocked people with disabilities, promoted bullying, invited cyber attacks, and praised Vladimir Putin. They made their choice, and there is no turning back now.”

Smith, who is challenging incumbent Mike Rogers said, “It has now been over 24 hours since the video came to light. Yet, even as other Alabama Republicans are rescinding their support for Mr. Trump, my opponent has not issued one single statement. You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. And I’m asking the voters of District 3 to remember that when they go to the ballots in November.”

Chair Worley said that, “At the second debate, Trump admitted that he dodged taxes, refused to apologize for sexist comments, and demonstrated no grasp of foreign policy issues.” “While Hillary Clinton has the knowledge, strength, and detailed plans to build a strong economy where everyone can get ahead, Donald Trump peddles hate speech, disgusting sexual comments and conspiracy theories. The choice is clear.”

The General Election will be on November 8, 2016.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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