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Brooks: Trump Is ‘Morally Repulsive,’ ‘Sort of Demagogue Our Founders Feared’

New York Times columnist David Brooks argued Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is someone “a lot of Republicans, including myself,” find “morally repulsive” and “is the sort of demagogue our founders feared would upset the American experiment in self-government” on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour.”

Brooks said, “Well, first of all, in the big Tuesday states, 40 percent of voters in most of the states said, if Trump were the nominee, they would consider a third party. And so that’s some serious disaffection. You do not see that. Usually, people are rallying around at this point. And, secondly, there are a lot of Republicans, including myself, who find him morally repulsive. And he’s just not — there are some things more important things than winning an election. And supporting a guy who tears at the social fabric, who insults the office of the presidency by completely unprepared for it, who plays on bigotry and fear, who is the sort of demagogue our founders feared would upset the American experiment in self-government, well, that kind of guy, you just can’t support, even if it means a defeat. And I think a lot of Republicans feel that way, which is why you get those 40 percent numbers of defectors.”

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