Ex-Gov. Pawlenty calls Trump ‘unhinged,’ drops support

Published 6:32 pm Saturday, October 8, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he has withdrawn his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over Trump’s recorded vulgarities from 2005.

In a statement Saturday, Pawlenty calls Trump “unsound, uniformed, unhinged and unfit” to be president.

The former GOP governor said it’s clear Trump “is unwilling or unable to demonstrate even the most basic level of discipline, character and judgment” needed to lead the United States.

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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt condemned Trump’s behavior and comments toward women as “unacceptable” and urged Trump’s campaign to “step aside so we can defeat Hillary Clinton,” the Democratic candidate.

But State DFL Chairman Ken Martin accused Minnesota Republicans of cowardice for continuing to stand by his candidacy.