PA-15: Dent Torn Over Trump

Charlie DentThere are still a not insignificant number of Republican officials who are unsure what to do about the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Count Congressman Charlie Dent among those Republicans.

Rep. Dent has proudly brandished his moderate credentials for some time now. He first earned them during the government shutdown in 2013, and he has continued to be a critic at several other points, like during the struggle over the Speakership last year.

So when Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker wrote a feature piece about the GOP’s “Trump Dilemma”, it was naturally that he would talk to Congressman Dent.

“Donald Trump has to convince many Americans, including myself, that he’s ready to lead this great nation,” Rep. Dent told Lizza. “He’s got to do that. At this point, I haven’t been persuaded.”

Later on, the Congressman expressed exasperation about several incidents involving The Donald. He told Lizza he was unhappy with Trump’s “lack of policy specificity, and the general tone and tenor of the campaign, and the never-ending statements that offend P.O.W.s, people with disabilities, Mexicans, Muslims, women, of course, the David Duke debacle.”

Nevertheless, Dent did not rule out ultimately endorsing him.

“One thing I’ve learned in politics is never say never. I think that’s probably good advice for Donald Trump: Never say what you’ll never do.”

6 Responses

  1. Trump is the choice of the primary voters, like it or not. Unity is a must to defeat Clinton who would be a disaster for our nation.

  2. What do the polls say, Charlie? Are you better off in this election with or without Trump?

  3. David, it’ll be two inflatable rats. Count on it.

    I don’t envy the congressman’s position.

  4. Maybe his airline handlers have not yet told him what position to take?

    Not knowing what to do at this point just empasizes his lack of spine or ethics.

  5. If Dent’s opponent puts out Trump-Dent signs, will Dent try to take them down?

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