Posted: 11:19 am Thursday, June 30th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With the GOP convention in less than three weeks, Republican elected officials are often asked why haven’t they endorsed Donald Trump yet. For Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), the question during a TV talk show appearance drew out an answer that is very enlightening – there are some in the GOP who just don’t trust Trump.
Lee was on the Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV, when the conversation again veered to the contest between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Malzberg made the argument that Republicans should be on board with Trump for one very simple reason – that Donald Trump is not Hillary Clinton.
“I just don’t understand this scrutiny on Trump,” Malzberg told the Utah Republican. “I just don’t understand why you’re not out there trumpeting Trump.”
Lee – who had endorsed fellow Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP primary – was clearly aggravated, and laid into Trump.
“He accused my best friend’s father of conspiring to kill JFK,” Lee said, adding that Trump had made repeated statements which were “religiously intolerant,” as Lee argued that Trump was “wildly unpopular” with Mormons in his home state of Utah.
“Don’t sit here and tell me, Steve, that I have no reason to be concerned about Donald Trump,” Lee said.
Listen for yourself:
Mike Lee is no RINO – he has strong support in Tea Party circles – but he does voice a concern among some GOP conservatives, who are worried that Trump is not a real conservative.
Lee certainly left open the door to endorse Trump, but this is a reminder of the divide that does exist on Trump within the Republican Party.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.