Harvard University is home to the nation's oldest chapter of College Republicans. Since the chapter was founded in 1888, it has endorsed the Republican candidate for president every election year. On Thursday the Harvard Republican Club announced that, after discussion, the group will not endorse Donald Trump's candidacy. "Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans. 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," said a statement posted by the club on Facebook.
The statement does not endorse Hillary Clinton or suggest any lessening of the group's commitment to conservative causes. Club members are vowing to work to maintain Republican control of Congress. Adds the statement: "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."
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