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David Jolly says Trump should leave race after 'bigoted, hate-filled rhetoric'



Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly says Donald Trump needs to leave the race for president and wants other candidates to join him in that call.

"While ISIS is beheading innocent people for their religious practices, Trump is betraying our freedoms," Jolly said in a statement. "His brutal, bullying bigotry runs contrary to the very principles our forefathers fought so hard to defend.  We are either a party of protecting the constitution and religious liberties or we're not. America should insist on a security test but never a religious test."

The Pinellas County Congressman also said Congress should debate and approve a Authorization to use Military Force agreement to more aggressively go after the Islamic State.

"Our national security is the only lens through which we should make decisions regarding the destruction of terror,” Jolly’s statement read. “But we can do so without fundamentally abandoning our most basic tenets of religious freedom. I am a born-again Christian who opposes any religious litmus test that defies everything we believe in."

Jolly isn’t the only candidate turning to the issues presented by the California terrorist attack. Tuesday morning, Rep. Patrick Murphy, the top Democrat in the Senate race, will hold a conference call asking Republicans to support banning people on the no-fly list from buying guns.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:50am]


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