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Party loyalty is no excuse. Trump is manifestly unqualified. Republicans need to stand up and say as much

Party loyalty is no excuse. Trump is manifestly unqualified. Republicans need to stand up and say as much

It’s customary, once a candidate has secured a party’s presidential nomination, for former rivals and party elders to line up behind the victor. Of course, some of their endorsements are more enthusiastic than others, but generally it isn’t just about promoting party unity; typically, leaders of a party will sincerely regard their own nominee as a superior alternative to the other party’s candidate.

But there is nothing typical about the impending nomination by the Republican Party of Donald J. Trump. Trump’s willful ignorance, hair-trigger temperament and bigoted comments about women and minorities absolve prominent Republicans of any...

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