In what is seen as a major blow to the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Harvard Republican Club (HRC) on Thursday said that it will not endorse him for the prestigious post.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the club founded in 1888 made it clear that it will not support Trump, as he is a “threat to the survival of the Republic.”
“He simply does not possess the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world,” the statement said.
Unleashing scathing attack against the Party’s nominee, the club which prefer to call itself “the oldest College Republican organization” in US said that his rhetorics are racist and misogynistic and he has continuously belittled sacrifices of the army personnel in the country.
Urging the fellow Republicans to stay away from supporting “the dangerous man,” the Club said it will not stand for his “vitriolic rhetoric” that “poisoning” the country and its children.
“We call on our party’s elected leaders to renounce their support of Donald Trump, and urge our fellow College Republicans to join us in condemning and withholding their endorsement from this dangerous man. The conservative movement in America should not and will not go quietly into the night,” the Club said in its FB post.
Notably, this is the first time in 128 years the HRC coming forward against the Presidential candidate elected by its own party.
The Club arrived in the final decision after conducting a poll among its members earlier this week regarding support of Trump as Presidential candidate, The Harvard Crimson reported.
In the poll, an “overwhelming majority” of 80 percent said that they would not support him, while 10 percent said they would and other 10 remained undecided.
However, the Republican Club President Declan P. Garvey ’17, in an email sent to Republicans in the university, stated that the club will help those who want to campaign for him, though it officially oppose him.
“His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House.” The Club said in the statement.
Targeting at his remarks about the parents of Pakistani-origin US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, the Club said that it is the character of the billionaire to mock at the sacrifices of the men in uniform.
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— Harvard GOP (@harvardgop) August 4, 2016
“The rhetoric he espouses –from racist slander to misogynistic taunts– is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel,” it said.
Taking on his “incessant name calling and derision”, the Club accused him of lack knowledge on critical matters and lying “in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen”.
Trump, who had a great admiration for Harvard and its students has not responded to the new development from the university.
During campaign, in an interview with Bloomberg Politics in June he has said that “I went to Harvard and this was better.”