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.”