Calling Trump out: BYU-I faculty member and Idaho State representative asks Trump to step down


Monday at the Republican National Convention. Ron Nate represents Idaho as one of the delegates. (Brooks McFadden, Scroll Photography)

Monday at the Republican National Convention. Ron Nate represents Idaho as one of the delegates. (Brooks McFadden, Scroll Photography)

BYU-Idaho faculty member and Idaho State representative asked Trump to step down because of Trump’s lewd comments.

Nate called on the Republican National Committee to begin the process to revoke Trump’s candidacy and find a more suitable Republican candidate.

“The country is in desperate need for honorable, conservative leadership. Please Mr. Trump, RNC and Republicans, do what is needed to restore honor to the presidency and the election process—change the ticket,” Nate said in his statement on Facebook.

Nate told Scroll he does not have any specific candidate in mind to replace Trump.

“But I don’t think there is a shortage of honorable republicans out there that can fill that nomination,” Nate said.

Nate is not the only Idaho political leader to call for Trump to step down as republican nominee.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released a statement on his Facebook page where he said he is rescinding his endorsement for Trump.

“I have reached the decision that I can no longer endorse Donald Trump,” Crapo said in his Facebook post. “This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice. His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning. I have spent more than two decades working on domestic violence prevention.”

Nate’s and Crapo’s comments come after the release of a 2005 recording of Trump. Trump was recorded saying things along the lines of how he could get women to kiss him and how he could touch them however he wanted because he was famous.

'Calling Trump out: BYU-I faculty member and Idaho State representative asks Trump to step down' have 4 comments

  1. October 8, 2016 @ 11:44 am Scott Butler

    Great article. Keep it up! I am almost in agreement with Mr. Nate, but then again, I couldn’t disagree more. The fact that Trump is where he is is truly a tragedy. However, for the RNC to change to a different candidate would be extremely dangerous to the already crumbling infrastructure of the democratic process. Essentially, the RNC would have to give a finger to the voters, and say, “We know you voted, and the majority chose to nominate him, but we are going to ignore that and put someone we choose into that position. Your votes have been voided because we think we can choose better for you.” This should be a very alarming thing, because it would mean that government could make its choices and post leaders in elected positions without the consent of the governed. Essentially sinking to the same low as the shamelessly corrupt DNC. A very poorly thought out position on the part of Mr. Nate. That being said, it may be best to vote third party in the general election.


  2. October 8, 2016 @ 2:31 pm Tayler

    Clearly, Rep. Nate has no regard for fundamental principles and processes established at the founding of our country. Donald Trump was elected by the people of a certain party as their presidential nominee. To try and use the establishment power of the RNC to revoke that is absolutely deplorable. Trump I see certainly morning the ideal candidate, but he IS the candidate. The friction Rep. Nate is causing can undermine a Trump presidency which ensure a Clinton presidency. Yet, a Clinton presidency is completely antithetical to everything Rep. Nate says he stands for. Why, then, is he advocating for an action that will certainly not lead to these outcomes? Let’s not say “principle,” for these certainly can’t be it. Rather, there must be some other reason he wouldn’t advocate for such a foolish action.


  3. October 8, 2016 @ 4:16 pm Local representative also calling for Trump to step down - East Idaho News

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  4. October 12, 2016 @ 2:53 pm Jonathan Majors

    You reap what you so. The Republican Party has, since the time of Jerry Falwell and Newt Gingrich, become a party of greed, racism, elitism, and hatred. It is perfectly embodied in Donald Trump (as well as Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, and to a lesser degree, Paul Ryan, among others). I don’t believe the majority of people who vote Republican truly realize how bad the national Republican Party and its leaders have become; otherwise, I don’t think they’d vote Republican.

    It’s too late to replace Trump. Hopefully he will lose so his brand of hatred, abuse, sexism, racism, classism, etc… cannot take over the White House. And hopefully the Republican Party will look in the mirror and realize it needs a major cleansing.


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