Congressmen Thomas Massie and Brett Guthrie say it's time for Trump to work on uniting GOP
05/06/2016 12:16 PM
COVINGTON – Kentucky 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie says that Republicans in Congress need to stop asking themselves how to deal with Donald Trump, and concentrate more on the message being sent from the voters who have chosen him.
Trump is the likely GOP nominee since the two remaining GOP challengers, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropped out of the race earlier this week.
Massie, who spoke on Thursday night at the Kenton County Republicans Spring Fling in Covington, says that GOP race for the White House has shown that voters and fed up with the status quo in Washington, D.C., and are willing to take a chance on someone outside of the establishment.
“It’s a message of frustration and you can see it in every congressional district,” Massie said. “Donald Trump is the one who’s not tied in any way to the establishment, so I think that resonated, and I think the people are still ready to try something other than what they’ve got.”
Massie, who originally supported U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, for President on the Republican side until he dropped out of the field, vows that he will support Trump if he’s the GOP nominee.
“I’ll support the nominee and I’m going to presume its Donald Trump,” Massie said. “I think the Republicans that say they’ll not back Donald Trump under any circumstances are taking that position at their own peril because they’re also telling the Republican electorate who chose Donald Trump, we’re not listening to you, and I think that’s a very dangerous thing to say.”
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, told reporters he could not yet support Trump’s presidential campaign.
Kentucky 2nd District U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, who was also in Covington to speak at the Kenton County GOP event, vowed that he will support Trump if he, in fact, is the GOP nominee, and hopes Trump’s choice for a running mate is one who can work well with Congress.
“If they want to do something in the Executive Branch and move forward, they need to have people working with the Legislative Branch to move forward,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie believes that Trump must now unite the GOP by getting away from the personal attacks, and name calling, and change his rhetoric to put forth a positive message which will resonate with voters as well as the Republican establishment.
“He has the personality, I hope he has the ability, to say this is a vision for the country,” Guthrie said. “I think if the message is positive and uplifting, I think you’ll see people attracted. People are attracted to how is it going to be better. I think he just needs to capture that and do it in a positive way.”
Massie believes that Trump will have critical decisions to make in the weeks ahead that will go a long way towards whether he will be elected president.
“He could either pull all of the tribes of the Republican Party together, or he could say, forget about it,” Massie said. “He could name an independent as his running mate. He could stake some positions that are moderate, if not to the left. Personally, I hope he goes for the constitutional message.”
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