Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey talks to NH1 News at the Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016

Aug 9, 2016 11:26 PM

Fmr. Sen. Humphrey calls on RNC to dump Trump as GOP presidential nominee

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Former Republican Sen. Gordon Humphrey is pleading with leaders of the Republican National Committee to use their powers to remove GOP nominee Donald Trump from the party’s presidential ticket.

Humphrey, a top surrogate and adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign during the GOP presidential primaries and a vocal Trump critic who was one of the leaders of the never Trump movement at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, argued Tuesday that Trump’s gone too far.

“Trump’s latest outrage, in which he seems to suggest the use of gun violence against Hilary Clinton, is the last straw,” Humphrey wrote Tuesday in a letter to New Hampshire’s three members of the RNC: State party chair Jennifer Horn and national party committee members Steve Duprey and Juliana Bergeron.

“As a registered Republican (still), I urge you to immediately demand (RNC Chairman) Reince Preibus convene an emergency meeting of the RNC vacate the nomination and replace Trump with a candidate of sound mind,” Humphrey wrote.

“I am aware that Rule 9 is not explicit about replacing a nominee who is mentally or physically disabled, but the word ‘otherwise’ surely was meant to cover all bases over above ‘death’ and ‘declination’,” he added.

Humphrey went on to write that “the RNC would not be powerless if a candidate fell into a coma from which recovery was uncertain. In that circumstance the RNC would act under a duty to the Party and a moral duty to the nation to replace the nominee. Likewise, when a candidate repeated evidences unsoundness of mind, the RNC has a duty to act. The time is now. Please act at once, in the national interest. If this is not the occasion for resolute, principled action by GOP leadership, then, surely, the Republican Party has lost its moral compass.”

As of late Tuesday night, Bergeron was the only one of the three addressed in the email to respond publicly to Humphrey.

“While I have the greatest respect for Senator Humphrey, it is time to support the Republican candidate or we will be watching Hillary's inauguration,” Bergeron wrote.

"That said, I do sometimes wish Mr. Trump would choose his words more carefully so they could not be misconstrued,” she added.

Earlier Tuesday at a rally in North Carolina, Trump said that Clinton “wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment.”

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

Trump’s campaign later said that the candidate was describing the political power of gun rights supporters. But the Clinton campaign and other Democrats slammed Trump, saying the GOP was inciting violence.

Last week Humphrey said he would urge the RNC to “renounce Trump and demand he vacate the nomination.”

And he added that he might have to vote for Hillary Clinton if the presidential election ends up being a close contest.

The former two-term U.S. senator from New Hampshire who later served two years in the state Senate made those comments in email exchanges with NBC News, ABC News, and NH1 News.

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