Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck cannot find it in himself to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Lee called for Trump to step down during a Facebook Live on Friday night. “I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles […] rather than weighing down the American people,” he pleaded.
Shortly after, Beck made his own plea in a Facebook post that he published on Saturday:
“Every person, each of us must decide what is a bridge too far,” he began. He referred to Lee’s Facebook Live, saying that “the moral compromise his party is asking him to make is simply beyond what is acceptable.” Beck called Trump immoral and absent of “decency or dignity.”
Beck previously expressed to Fox News host Megyn Kelly that he would vote in November, but not for Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Beck said that he would vote for other Republicans on the ticket. In his Facebook post, Beck said that he understood the criticism or potential fallout of his actions, writing, “If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is indeed the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice.”
Beck explained that a Clinton presidency would not be as drastic as her opponents believe. “Her nominees can be blocked, her proposed laws voted down,” he said.
Furthermore, he argued that Trump stepping down as the Republican presidential nominee did not necessarily grant Clinton the presidency but would guarantee the protection of the Republican Party’s principles.
In the wake of a recent release of a controversial hot mic recording of a vulgar 2005 conversation involving Trump, several Republican politicians have retracted their endorsements, called for Trump to drop out or refused to defend his comments (including his own vice presidential pick). Even campaign surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that Trump was describing sexual assault. Trump gave a rare apology following the incident.
Another series of audio clips, focusing on various interviews between Trump and radio shock jock Howard Stern, have also been released. The candidate spoke vividly on his sexual activities, including infidelity, as well as his fascination with his daughter Ivanka.
The Hill has compiled a thorough list of the Republicans who have pulled their support or asked Trump to step aside.