Robert Reich: Eight Reasons Why Republicans Should Dump Trump

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Donald Trump campaigns with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Hickory, North Carolina, on March 14. Robert Reich asks, "Are there no principled Republicans whose loyalty to the nation is greater than their eagerness to win back the White House?" Chris Keane/reuters

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.

The Republican Party still has time to change its mind. Right now it's supporting Donald Trump for president of the United States. He's a man...

1. Who divides us by race and ethnicity and religion.

Trump says that Americans without immigration documentation "bring drugs, crime; they're rapists." That the Mexican government "sends bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them." And he says he'll round up and deport all 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.

This is a man who equivocated on repudiating an endorsement from David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan. And when asked to repudiate the vicious anti-Semitism of some of his followers, he said, "I don't have a message to the fans."

A man who claimed that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the Twin Towers collapsing when there's no evidence at all to support that statement. And whose response to terrorism is to prevent all Muslims from coming into the United States.

A man who says black criminals are responsible for 81 percent of homicides against whites, which turns out to be a racist myth.

2. Whose incendiary lies are inciting violence across this land, but he excuses them.

When Trump learned that some of his supporters punched, kicked and spit on protesters of color at his rallies, he said that "people who are following me are very passionate. "

When a handful of white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester at another of his rallies, he said, "Maybe he should have been roughed up."

3. Who bullies, humiliates and threatens those who dare cross him.

Trump mocks their physical characteristics, makes up lies about them, degrades them and tries to intimidate them by unleashing hostile attacks on the internet, announcing, for example, that a family who donated money to a political opponent "better be careful, they have a lot to hide."

Trump calls a federal judge who's considering a case against Trump University a "total disgrace" and a "hater," and he alleges he's Mexican although he was born in the United States.

4. Who spreads baseless conspiracy theories

Trump conjectured that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, that the government hid information about the Ebola virus and that a plague would start in America if flights from Ebola-infected countries weren't canceled.

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He opined that Ted Cruz's father was with Lee Harvey Oswald during the Kennedy assassination in Dallas and that child health vaccinations cause autism.

And he suggested that the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia might have been a part of a plot.

Such baseless conspiracy theories can do great damage when, for example, parents don't vaccinate their children because they fear autism.

5. Whose hateful and demeaning attitudes toward women and boastful claims of sexual dominance have been filling the airwaves for years.

They're best summed up in an interview where he said, "Women, you have to treat them like shit."

6. Who believes climate change is not caused by humans, contrary to all scientific proof.

Trump calls for more fossil fuel drilling and fewer environmental regulations, vows to cancel the Paris agreement committing nearly every nation to curbing climate change and promises to rescind Obama's rules to curb planet-warming emissions from coal-fired power plants.

7. Who proposes using torture against terrorists and punishing their families, both in clear violation of international law.

And if all this weren't enough:

8. Who wants to cut taxes on the rich, giving the wealthiest one-tenth of 1 percent an average tax cut of more than $1.3 million each every year, which would explode the national debt and endanger the future of Social Security and Medicare.

This is Donald Trump, and the Republican Party wants him to be president of the United States.

Why are there so few statesmen left in the Republican Party? Are there no principled Republicans whose loyalty to the nation is greater than their eagerness to win back the White House? No Republican leaders with the courage to stand up and say this is wrong, that this man doesn't have the character or the temperament to be president, and his election would endanger America and everything we believe in and stand for?

If not, shame on them.

Republicans still have time to dump Trump. For the good of the country and the world, they must.

Robert Reich is the chancellor's professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations and Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All.

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