“The shackles have been taken off,” said Trump in part of a Twitter tirade Tuesday against establishment Republicans who he calls “disloyal.”
He called out House Speaker Paul Ryan by name calling him a “weak and ineffective leader.” The Party appears embroiled in a civil war.
The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reported “pro-Trump donors and state party officials are threatening retribution against Ryan and others snubbing Trump.”
Washington State Republican Party Chairman Susan Hutchison has not commented on the latest developments, but defended Trump on Friday.
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So where do Washington’s Republican members of Congress stand on the topic of Trump?
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the number four ranking Republican in the House, said Tuesday that she will vote for Trump despite disagreeing with some of his statements.
Rep. Dave Reichert, whose district includes parts of King and Pierce Counties, said he will not vote for Trump. Neither will Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Southwest Washington who said she will write-in Speaker Ryan’s name, instead. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s (4th District) office has not yet responded to our calls for comment.
Full statements from members:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (5th District)
"I have said all along that I absolutely disagree with some of Donald Trump's statements - especially the video released on Friday. I will be voting for Mr. Trump because I believe that we must defeat Hillary Clinton who has a record of deliberately misleading the American people. She lacks transparency and accountability. I will continue to promote our Better Way agenda that is defining what it means to be a Republican and is so foundational to demonstrate the choice Americans have in this election.”
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (4th District)
"Every American has a choice to make in this election, and we'll have to answer to the next generation for the consequences. For months I've left the door open for Donald Trump to earn my vote. That door has now slammed shut. I reject both major party candidates. I refuse to accept that this is the best we can do. Both candidates have shown that they lack the character and temperament required for the highest office in the land and it is a sad state of affairs that these are our choices. I'll be voting for a write-in candidate who I feel would serve this nation with honor. Paul Ryan will get my vote for President this year."
Rep. Dave Reichert (8th District)
"As a son, husband, father, and grandfather I am appalled by Donald Trump's comments and blatant disrespect for women. For 33 years in law enforcement I put my life on the line to protect women from sexual violence and abuse. The actions described in that video are absolutely reprehensible.
For two and a half centuries millions of Americans have laid down their lives to protect our right to vote and choose our leaders. It is a sad day in our country when voters are faced with two less-than-desirable candidates for President, and because of that people across Washington and the U.S. are really struggling with the decision of who to honor with their vote. However, one thing is clear, we deserve better. While I will never vote for Hillary Clinton, unfortunately with these comments Donald Trump has lost my vote."