David Axelrod, the former top strategist to President Barack Obama, has said Republican candidates should create a strategy for addressing the sometimes uncomfortable comments of Donald Trump.
Trump, the presidential candidate and real estate tycoon, angered corporate partners and others when he said Mexico was sending drug dealers and rapists over U.S. borders.
Axelrod’s unsolicited advice, as quoted by The Washington Post, seems to be breaking through.
On Thursday, Republican candidate Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, denounced The Donald, saying “I don’t think Donald Trump’s remarks reflect the Republican party.”
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Other GOP hopefuls Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki have offered similar thoughts.
In California, where Republicans often fret about (and sometimes bemoan) being tarred by their brethren in Washington, some GOPers also sought distance.
Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, a candidate for U.S. Senate, said he was saddened “the narrative being set for Republicans at a national level can be initiated by someone who has never been elected.”
“We owe it to our nation to welcome immigrants with open arms and to reform our current broken immigration system,” Chávez said.
“We must not forget that the United States of America is a nation of immigrants and our society has always grown stronger as we form a more diverse society. Immigration was a catalyst of the American dream in the past and will be the key to the future.”