Donald Trump has racked up some interesting endorsements, including a Sandy Hook truther who claims the massacre of small children was just a “staged hoax.”
On January 13, the Trump campaign issued a press release bragging about the endorsement of radio show host and Florida pastor Carl Gallups. The release said Trump considered it a “great honor” to be endorsed by such an “incredible” person. That same day, Gallups gave the invocation at one of Trump’s rallies.
Families of the victims decided to let the Republican frontrunner know just how they felt about his embrace of Gallups support.
The family of Victoria Leigh Soto posted a scathing open letter to Mr. Trump on social media, calling him out for “being excited about getting support from someone who is a Sandy Hook truther.”
Dear Mr. Trump,
Generally we have tried to stay quiet on the current presidential race but unfortunately we have to speak out about this.
You being excited about getting support from someone who is a Sandy Hook truther is above and beyond any form of rational thinking. It sickens us to think that someone who thinks they can be President of the United States of America could share that view.
President Obama was nothing short of amazing after our families were destroyed. That is what a real President does. They comfort their citizens and do everything they can to protect them.
You on the other hand sir, are doing everything you possibly can to endorse people who breed and encourage hate, harassment and ignorance.
To think of yourself as being even remotely qualified to be the President of the United States is laughable.
Following their Facebook post, Trump decided to distance himself from Gallup, but still didn’t really disavow his endorsement. Campaign spokeswoman Hope hicks issued a statement on Wednesday, saying the campaign had no idea Gallups was a total whack job.
The campaign was not aware of this of this individual’s personal views, which we do not share or support.
David Wheeler, who’s six-year-old son was killed in the massacre, didn’t find Trump’s statement to be at all sufficient.
It’s too little, too late. It’s clearly a reflection on Donald Trump and his values and ability to judge people.
Wheeler added that Trump’s supposed ignorance of Gallups “personal views” doesn’t get him out of hot water.
“If that’s the case, that speaks to their efficacy and professionalism as a campaign.
This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has had to backtrack a questionable endorsement. Last month he drew widespread criticism for failing to disavow the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Eventually, Trump gave a half-assed condemnation of Duke and blamed his previous failure to do so on a bad earpiece.
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