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Harvard Republican Club won’t back Trump

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Harvard University’s Republican Club will not support Donald Trump, their party’s nominee for president.

“His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy,” the Harvard Republican Club said in a statement Thursday, according to The Harvard Crimson. “He hopes to divide us by race, by class and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House.”

{mosads}The group urged GOP leaders to withdraw their support of Trump as he presents a “threat to the survival of the Republic.”

Harvard’s largest conservative group cited “both policy and temperamental concerns” for opposing Trump.

“[He] is poisoning our country and our children,” the statement added.

The Harvard Republican Club polled its members earlier this week and found 80 percent oppose Trump, according to the Crimson.

Ten percent plan to support Trump, with 10 percent still undecided.

Declan P. Garvey, the group’s president, said in a Thursday email that the group will still keep its ties with members who back Trump.

A Harvard Crimson survey conducted in May found that only 4 percent of likely voters in the school’s 2016 graduating class would vote for Trump.

Eighty-seven percent would back Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton instead, with 9 percent undecided.

In August 2015, a student humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon, tricked Trump into believing he had earned an endorsement from The Harvard Crimson, the campus paper.

Trump’s campaign criticized the Harvard students last year for pulling the prank on the billionaire.

“The students who perpetrated this are fraudsters and liars, but frankly it was a waste of only a few minutes,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Hill after the gag.

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