LIMA — Now that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been named, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan believes the time has come for the party to unite and back its candidate, maintaining that the focus needs to be on defeating Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
That was Jordan’s message at the Allen County Republican Party Luncheon held Friday at the Lima Elks Lodge.
“I think the voters have spoken in a big way,” he said. “Donald Trump got close to 10 million votes, more than, at this point in the process, anyone’s ever received.”
Jordan, who had refused to endorse a presidential candidate throughout the campaign, emphasized the urgency of having a strong showing on Election Day to prevent Clinton from entering the White House a second time.
“Here is an individual who, at an important, critical moment, when four Americans gave their lives for their country on Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, issued a statement that is entirely different from what she said privately to her family and to the Egyptian prime minister,” he said. “She told the American people that the motive for the attack was a video, when in fact, no evidence supported that. So when you’re thinking about who’s going to be commander-in-chief, who will hold the highest office in the land, you cannot have someone in that position who will not be straight with the American people.”
Jordan noted that Trump’s ascension in the primary is in no small part the result of public frustration with the current political landscape.
“People have had it,” he said. “They’ve had it with too many folks in Washington who won’t do what they told the voters they were going to do, who aren’t fighting for middle class families.”
Jordan spoke against Republican leaders, such as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, who have publicly stated they will not support Trump even as the nominee.
“It’s important that we unite around our nominee,” he said. “It’s important because the Democratic nominee is going to be Secretary Clinton.”
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