Ex-GOP senator urges RNC to replace Trump
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Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.) is urging Republican leaders to replace GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE, Politico reported.


Humphrey, a strong critic of Trump, wrote a letter Tuesday to New Hampshire's three representatives to the Republican National Committee encouraging them to take the party's nominee off the ticket.

He argued that Trump's comments at a rally earlier Tuesday, where he appeared to joke about gun owners taking action against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE, was "the last straw."

"If this is not the straw that breaks the camel's back, if this outrage is not sufficient to inspire courage in the Republican leadership, not just [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus but [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreen New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault MORE and [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE, then surely the Republican Party has lost its moral conscience," he said in a phone interview with Politico.

Humphrey is calling on the RNC to invoke a party rule that lets its leaders replace a nominee. Rule 9 of the national GOP rules lets RNC leaders fill presidential candidate vacancies "which may occur by death, declination, or otherwise," according to Politico.

"The RNC would not be powerless if a candidate fell into a coma from which recovery was uncertain," Humphrey wrote in his letter to the New Hampshire RNC members.

"In that circumstance the RNC would act under a duty to the Party and a moral duty to the nation to replace the nominee. Likewise, when a candidate repeated [sic] evidences unsoundness of mind, the RNC has a duty to act. The time is now."

During a rally Tuesday in North Carolina, Trump was talking about the possibility that Clinton would appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court if she wins the White House.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said.

“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he added.

“Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.”

His comments quickly drew criticism, with the Clinton campaign calling the remarks dangerous. Trump's campaign sought to quell the backlash, issuing a statement attacking the media.

“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” Jason Miller, a top Trump aide, said in the statement. 

Humphrey said he hadn't yet heard back from the members of the New Hampshire RNC.