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BREAKING: Klarides Refuses To Distance Herself From The GOP Platform

BREAKING: Connecticut House minority leader and Republican National Convention delegate Themis Klarides is refusing to denounce the Republican Party’s extreme 2016 platform. While she missed the unanimous platform vote on Monday, she admitted today that her absence did not stem from “a desire to distance herself from Donald J. Trump, the Republican National Convention or the GOP platform,” according to the Connecticut Mirror.

“That the Connecticut delegation unanimously supported the GOP platform shows once again just how out of touch our state’s Republican Party has become. The platform targets LGBT people by calling to overturn the Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality nationwide and even calling for scientifically debunked conversion therapy. It attacks women’s reproductive rights by calling for abortion to be made illegal and for defunding Planned Parenthood. It ignores science by calling coal a “clean” energy source, and it calls for the Bible to be taught in our public schools.

“These are not the values Connecticut holds dear. Discrimination will not make America great again. Yet, our Republican leaders made no objection and voted in unanimity to adopt this dreadful platform. Themis Klarides and the rest of the GOP legislators at the RNC need to explain why they support these regressive policies.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Did CT GOP Nominate Pence For President?

Key Point from the NY Times:  According to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?

When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.

Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?

“Making America great again” was the casual reply.

CT Dems’ Response: “Connecticut Republicans just voted for Mike Pence – the governor who signed an anti-LGBT right-to-discriminate law, tried to ban Syrian refugees from entering his state, and claimed that ‘smoking doesn’t kill’ – to run our country. Pence is at least as extreme as Donald Trump, and we simply cannot afford to make him our de facto commander-in-chief. Shame on Connecticut Republicans for supporting his nomination.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell
NY Times: How Donald Trump Picked His Running Mate

Make America Safe Again? Think Again.

Hartford, Ct. – Tonight Connecticut’s GOP delegates – including Republican lawmakers Themis Klarides, Art Linares, and John Frey – gather in Cleveland to support the hateful, divisive campaign of Donald Trump. Tonight’s theme is “make America safe again,” but the truth is that a Trump presidency would do just the opposite. Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“Donald Trump is the most dangerous person ever to seek the presidency,” said Balletto. “He is not only the least prepared major party nominee of our lifetimes, but also erratic and temperamentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief. He has praised the tactics of brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Un, and Vladimir Putin while alienating allies including the German chancellor, the Mexican president, and even the Pope.

“Not only are many of Trump’s reckless plans illegal, but they would hurt American efforts to defeat ISIS. He wants to ban Muslims from entering our country, intentionally target and kill the innocent family members of terrorist fighters, and allow ISIS to take over Syria as a ‘free zone.’ 

Tonight’s convention theme – ‘make America safe again’ – is ironic because Donald Trump would make this country far less safe. Trump is a thin-skinned loose cannon who takes his cues from dictators, and we simply cannot allow him to get his hands on the nuclear codes. 

“I’m disappointed in Themis Klarides, Art Linares, and John Frey, who made the choice to stand with Donald Trump and his radical Republican agenda in Cleveland and put party before country to support a dangerous demagogue who is temperamentally unfit to be president.”

Gov. Malloy Statement On Donald Trump’s Selection Of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Hartford, Ct. – Governor Dan Malloy released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s announcement that he has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Governor Malloy has in the past publicly opposed Governor Pence’s bigotry when he signed an anti-LGBT right-to-discriminate law and when he tried to block a Syrian refugee family from moving to his state.

“With his pick of Mike Pence, Donald Trump is doubling down on the hatred and bigotry that has defined his campaign,” said Governor Malloy. “Governor Pence has a long history of supporting policies that attack people who don’t look like him. That was on full display when he signed his anti-LGBT right-to-discriminate law and tried to block a Syrian refugee family – some of the most vulnerable people in the world – from entering his state. I was proud when the state of Connecticut stood up to this display of hatred in public policy.

“But, his attacks on women and LGBT people go back much further. He approved one of the nation’s most oppressive, anti-woman, anti-choice laws. He led the GOP’s ignorant crusade to deny women health care choices by defunding Planned Parenthood, and he has even supported anti-LGBT conversion therapy.

“I know what it’s like to be on the wrong end of ugly divisiveness and to deal with people who want to punish others just because they’re different. I grew up with severe disabilities. I couldn’t tie a shoe or button a shirt until I was ten. Many people called me ‘mentally retarded’ because they didn’t know how to treat those disabilities. I had to dictate my writing to get through college and law school, and was the first person to take the bar exam in several states orally based on my learning disability. I spent most of my young life being pushed around by bullies like Donald Trump and Mike Pence who want to punish people for their differences. Luckily for me, there were people like my mother who saw my potential and helped me become who I am today.

“I will always stand up to bullies and bigots like Mike Pence and Donald Trump because this country – and the people who have been bullied and pushed around for far too long – simply cannot afford these backwards policies and divisive rhetoric.”