Ex-Gov. Pawlenty calls Trump 'unhinged,' drops support

Republicans drop support for Trump

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he has withdrawn his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over Trump's recorded vulgarities from 2005.

In a statement Saturday, Pawlenty calls Trump "unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit" to be president.

The former GOP governor said it's clear Trump "is unwilling or unable to demonstrate even the most basic level of discipline, character and judgment" needed to lead the United States.

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt condemned Trump's behavior and comments toward women as "unacceptable" and urged Trump's campaign to "step aside so we can defeat Hillary Clinton," the Democratic candidate. Here is his statement in full:

Donald Trump's behavior and comments toward women are unacceptable, and disqualifying for someone who hopes to serve as Commander In Chief. I believe Minnesotans and Americans are looking for strong conservative leadership that can unite our country, but it's clear that Donald Trump cannot and will not provide that leadership and necessary contrast with the far-left vision of Hillary Clinton.  I strongly urge his campaign to consider what's best for the future of our country and our party, and step aside so we can defeat Hillary Clinton. I also urge people to vote this November as there are many races that will determine the direction of Minnesota and our country in the years to come.

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen also released a statement. Here it is in full:

For months I have said Donald Trump has not earned my vote. The disgusting statements revealed last night make it clear he cannot. I will not be voting for him. Both of the major candidates for President are deeply flawed. Irrespective of who is elected President, it is clear that the country needs a strong co-equal branch of government. And Congress needs to hold the executive branch accountable. I have a solid record of working in a bipartisan way for the Third District and for Minnesota and I will continue to work across the aisle to get important things done. 




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