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Some prominent national Republicans want to have an “intervention” with their party’s nominee for president, Donald Trump – but two local supervisors have pledged full support for the GOP flagbearer.
Hebron Supervisor Brian Campbell and Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff said they are both fully behind their party’s nominee.
“In this environment, the best thing that can happen will be the election of Donald Trump (as) President of the United States,” Campbell said. “Don’t tell me how bad he can be, unless you can tell me how good he can be.”
Haff added, “I think this is an example of mainstream media piling on and driving a story that fits their anti-Trump agenda rather than media objectively reporting on a story. The media turns Trump’s bumps into mountains and Clinton’s mountains into bumps.”
Both said that, in their eyes, “intervention” simply means “advice,” and that everyone needs advice.
“So if the Republican Party is going to intervene, let it not be to keep status quo, but let the intervention be to make ‘good’ government, where it is normal to reach across the aisle and have the discussions that need to be had,” Campbell said.
Campbell also stressed that the Democratic Party has pulled further and further to the left.
“Think of the ‘progressive’ Democrats with ‘hold out your hand this is what your country can do for you’ as compared to the JFK Democrats ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country’,” he said.
While Campbell and Haff whole-heartedly support the party’s nominee, other local supervisors are a little more reluctant to support him.
“I don’t know if he needs an intervention, but he needs something,” said Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks. “I’ve been against him since day one. I think he’s dangerous to the long term viability of our party.”
Asked if there was specific policy or rhetoric that Hicks didn’t like, he said, “Any of it and all of it.”
“I was going to dance around the question, but … that’s the way I feel,” Hicks added. “He’ll probably tweet something mean about me now.”
Whitehall Supervisor George Armstrong said he’ll support Trump, but he’ll be reluctant in doing so. He originally said if Trump got the nomination, he would leave the party. But he recently walked back that “off the cuff” comment.
Hampton Supervisor Dave O’Brien said, “I agree that Mr. Trump says some bad things. Whether it’s an intervention or not, I think Mr. Trump needs to get on message and let these other things go away.”
O’Brien shared a sentiment with Haff, saying, “I think the national media needs an intervention.”
The idea of an intervention at the national level began when Trump refused to endorse Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Arizona Sen. John McCain in their respective re-election bids. He has since decided to endorse both. The other issue at the center of the proposed intervention is Trump’s ongoing battle with the family of slain American soldier Capt. Humayun Khan.
GOP leaders – including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani – had said they were looking to have an intervention. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort disputes the claims, saying he hasn’t heard of any planned intervention.



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