Trump, GOP ac­cused of ‘mak­ing hate okay’

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NASHUA — Mas­sachusetts Se­na­tor El­iz­a­beth War­ren ac­cused Don­ald Trump and his fel­low Repub­li­cans of “mak­ing hate okay” as she cam­paigned for Hillary Clin­ton on Satur­day.

“We’re here to say hate is not okay,” War­ren told a crowd of roughly 500 vol­un­teers packed in­side a New Hamp­shire cam­paign of­fice. “We build a stronger Amer­ica to­gether, that’s what this is about.”

War­ren is mak­ing three stops across New Hamp­shire, a bat­tle­ground pres­i­den­tial state and home to one of the top Se­nate races in the coun­try, a con­test be­tween in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Sen Kelly Ay­otte and Demo­cratic Gover­nor Maggie Has­san.

War­ren is ty­ing Ay­otte and the rest of the Repub­li­can field to Trump as she works to fire up her party six weeks be­fore the Novem­ber 8 gen­eral elec­tion.

Hundreds of vol­un­teers from New Hamp­shire and Mas­sachusetts lined up to see War­ren, a favourite of the party’s lib­eral wing.

A fre­quent and bit­ing critic of Trump, War­ren said she never pre­dicted a ma­jor pres­i­den­tial can­di­date would base a cam­paign on scape­goat­ing Mex­i­cans, women and Mus­lims.

“What Don­ald Trump is do­ing is not what any of us thought a man who’s run­ning for pres­i­dent would do,” she said. “He’s found some­thing much uglier that he wants to make the ba­sis of his cam­paign.”

War­ren was par­tic­u­larly crit­i­cal of Texas Sen Ted Cruz, who said he’d vote for Trump af­ter de­nounc­ing him in the pri­mary cam­paign. “Is that re­ally what your word is worth, Ted Cruz?” she said.

Mean­while, Ted Cruz an­nounced he will vote for Trump, a dra­matic about-face that may help unite a deeply di­vided Repub­li­can Party months af­ter the fiery Texas con­ser­va­tive called Trump a “patho­log­i­cal liar” and “ut­terly amoral”.

Cruz said he was sim­ply fol­low­ing through on a prom­ise to sup­port his party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, even though the New York bil­lion­aire had nick­named him “Lyin’ Ted,” in­sulted his wife and linked his fa­ther to the John F Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion.

But fac­ing in­ten­si­fy­ing po­lit­i­cal pres­sure to back Trump, Cruz said he would cast a vote for Trump, while stop­ping short of an of­fi­cial en­dorse­ment in a state­ment posted on Fri­day on Face­book.

The dis­tinc­tion may mat­ter lit­tle to vot­ers, but helps Cruz save face among those sup­port­ers still un­will­ing to for­give Trump’s heated at­tacks dur­ing their ugly and of­ten in­tensely per­sonal pri­mary cam­paign. Cruz was booed by Trump sup­port­ers at the na­tional con­ven­tion for en­cour­ag­ing Repub­li­cans to “vote your con­science”.

“Af­ter many months of care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, of prayer and search­ing my own con­science, I have de­cided that on Elec­tion Day, I will vote for the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, Don­ald Trump,” Cruz wrote on Fri­day.

Trump ac­cepted Cruz’s sup­port, describing it as an “en­dorse­ment” in a state­ment. That’s even af­ter Trump claimed he didn’t want Cruz’s en­dorse­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter the con­ven­tion chaos.

“I am greatly hon­oured by the en­dorse­ment of Se­na­tor Cruz,” Trump said on Fri­day. “We have fought the bat­tle and he was a tough and bril­liant op­po­nent. I look for­ward to work­ing with him for many years to come in or­der to make Amer­ica great again.”— AFP

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