Friday, July 15, 2016

Donald Trump’s Comments Intensify Concerns Among Republican Donors

Tweet backlash, comments about Saddam Hussein highlight continued resistance to GOP candidate
Donald Trump’s refusal to denounce a tweet that critics call anti-Semitic is intensifying concerns among Republican donors—particularly those who are Jewish—about giving to his campaign.
The prospective contributors, including board members of the influential Republican Jewish Coalition, also have criticized Mr. Trump’s praise of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s lethal justice for adversaries.
“I’m waiting for him to come forward as a statesman, and so far he hasn’t done it,” said Walter Stern, a longtime RJC board member and vice chairman of a private-equity firm who hasn’t decided whether to give money to Mr. Trump.
Mr. Stern called the candidate’s comments about Hussein—whom Mr. Trump called a “bad guy” but “so good” at killing terrorists—“off-base” and his timing “particularly inopportune.” Hussein allowed Iraq to become a refuge and an operations headquarters for a variety of terror groups, including those targeting Israel.
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