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

Aug 4, 2016 9:59 PM

Gordon Humphrey calls Trump a 'sociopath'; says he might have to vote for Clinton

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey says Donald Trump’s “a sociopath.”

And Humphrey is urging the national Republican leadership “to renounce Trump and demand he vacate the nomination.”

If not Humphrey says 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 his comments in email exchanges Thursday with NBC News, ABC News, and NH1 News.

Humphrey, who was a top surrogate and adviser for Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination, served as a pledged delegate for Kasich at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Humphrey was one of the ring leaders at the convention of the failed effort by the never-Trump movement to derail Trump’s nomination.

Humphrey describes Trump as “dangerously burdened with a sick psyche, in my opinion. He is a sociopath, as I see it. He could easily start a nuclear confrontation, given his severe personality disorders, which manifest themselves in rashness, belligerence and vindictiveness.”

Trump’s campaign appears on the rocks after a week and a half of a bunch of high profile unforced errors by the candidate himself. Numerous national and key battleground state polls released this week indicate Trump trailing the Democratic nominee by the high single digits or low double digits.

Humphrey says “my main thrust now is to urge the Republican leadership to renounce Trump and demand he vacate the nomination in the national interest.”

“I might be a lone voice at the moment, but I suspect many others will raise the same demand. The GOP must select a new nominee,” he added.

If Trump remains the GOP nominee, Humphrey says “I will vote for Hilary only in the event of a close contest; otherwise I will abstain.”

Humphrey tells NH1 News that he will carry through on the vow he made as he left the GOP convention that he’ll register as an undeclared voter. The former senator says he’ll change his affiliation when he returns to the Granite State following a vacation in northern Maine.

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