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SC Dems: Trump is a ‘threat’; withdraw your endorsements

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s top Democrat is calling on elected Republicans to rescind their endorsements of Donald Trump, saying Wednesday that the presumptive GOP nominee is a racist and xenophobe, in part due to his race-based attacks on a Hispanic judge.

During a news conference, party Chairman Jaime Harrison said that, while he respects Republicans and their party, he doesn’t understand how officials including Gov. Nikki Haley can condemn Trump’s divisive rhetoric, yet say they still feel he’s the best choice to be president.

“To say these types of remarks, and then constantly defend them, is disqualifying for a presidential candidate, period,” Harrison said, adding that a President Trump would put the country “in peril.”

Trump has been in damage control mode amid the controversy over his stance that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel couldn’t preside fairly over a case involving Trump University because of what Trump called his Mexican heritage. Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep Mexican migrants from illegally crossing the border.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk has already taken back his endorsement of Trump, and House Speaker Paul Ryan called the comments “racist.”

One by one, Harrison on Wednesday called out more than half a dozen elected Republicans in South Carolina, some of whom have offered lukewarm endorsements of Trump as other GOP candidates left the race.

That list included Republican Tim Scott, the first black U.S. senator from the Deep South since Reconstruction. Scott, who previously supported Marco Rubio, has called Trump’s comments “racially toxic,” yet said he’ll still support the party’s nominee.

It also featured Haley, who has said she would back the eventual Republican nominee, which she hoped would be Rubio and then, after his departure, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Last week, Haley said she wished Trump communicated differently because bad things result from divisive rhetoric, as evidenced by last June’s Charleston massacre. Haley said divisive speech motivated Dylann Roof to gun down nine black parishioners at historic Emanuel AME Church. Police have said the white 22-year-old charged with their killings wanted to start a race war.

Harrison said that only U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has out-and-out refused to support a candidate who Harrison said “plays footsie with the world’s worst regimes.”

Graham, who once compared choosing between Trump and Cruz to “being shot or poisoned,” has said he’ll support neither the billionaire businessman nor presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election. This week, Graham told The New York Times that Trump’s comments about Curiel represented “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” He also added: “If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it.”

Next to Harrison on Wednesday stood a party-produced placard featuring controversial comments from Trump on a variety of topics.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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  1. Look, Microsoft and Google throw away 99.5% of the engineering resumes they recieve. Yet still have U.S. engineering workforces that greater than 50% U.S. citizen.

    And that’s all the Offshore Outsourcing companies have to be at in order to avoid the minor 2k charge on each H-1b visa they recieve.

    InfoSys and Tata have U.S. workforces that are greater than 95% from India. Unlike Microsoft and Google, the U.S. based jobs at InfoSys and Tata are merely duplications of ordinary tech jobs, formerly held by Americans. In fact, InfoSys and Tata force the better qualified, more experienced U.S. citizens workers, to train their H-1b replacement.

    InfoSys and Tata are not even trying to hire Americans, for jobs located on U.S. soil. Both companies have internal programs to never hire an American or Green Card holder, if they can bring in a person on an H-1b visa to do the job.

    We know this from U.S. Public Court documents. You should be ashamed to stand with these bigots, Nikki Haley.

    That racial and ethnic discrimination, is against the law, but the Obama administration has done nothing about it.

    The only discrimination in the changes to the H-1b law, is the discrimination practiced against ordinary Americans by InfoSys and Tata and several other Offshore Outsourcing companies that want unlimited H-1b and B-1 visas, in order to kick Americans out of their jobs. Simply because the Americans are not of the correct ethnicity according to the bigotted executives at the Offshore Outsourcing companies.

    Get on the right side of history Nikki Haley, don’t promote racism in the United States.

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