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Former Republican Spokesman: GOP Lawmakers Should Avoid Trump Endorsement

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016 12:31 PM

Republican lawmakers should consider not endorsing Donald Trump after the many controversial statements he has made, much like they backed away from backing Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin in 2012 after his infamous comments about "legitimate" rape, writes Brian Walsh.

"Party loyalty isn't blind — particularly when a public official says or does something so outrageous and at odds with your own views and values," Walsh, former communications director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in his op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday.

Akin's statements, along with others made by Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock about abortion, damaged the Republican brand, said Walsh, and Trump's comments on Hispanics, women, immigrants and more could also have a bad effect.

Polls already show Trump underwater with most key voter demographic groups, said Walsh, even before Hillary Clinton's camp have run negative ads, and more than half of people polled view Trump unfavorably.

Trump's comments, said Walsh, make rival GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz look "likeable," even though he shares the same views on mass deportation of immigrants and his positions on abortion are even more polarizing.

But in any case, he continued, it's likely that candidates for Republican seats in the House and Senate will have "a highly polarizing" candidate running for the White House with Trump, and the party's best hope is to protect its current House and Senate majorities.

"If I were advising a candidate running in a district where the Republican presidential nominee is upside-down with women, independents and others, I would strongly consider not endorsing him," said Walsh.

But, he said, candidates who are "still living in a fantasy land" will be "carried out with the tide" if they don't see the "shipwreck" waiting for them in the fall election.

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