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As Joe Scarborough pleads with other Republican politicians to speak truth to power, Ashooh and Guinta hide

Rochester, NH- Donald Trump gave a hateful speech yesterday following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We waited for a statement of repudiation from the Republican candidates for New Hampshire's First Congressional District, but apparently they still support their Republican Nominee and leader, Donald Trump, whose response to the slaughter was to unleash more hate and to attack the President of the United States and suggest that, "he knows exactly what he's doing."

These two candidates have failed to even say or write "LGBT" and are afraid to stand with the people  in New Hampshire and around the country in this time of deep mourning and grief. Rich Ashooh has not even mentioned the shootings.  No leadership. Who are they afraid of?

Their shameful silence, and the silence of other Republican politicians, led Joe Scarborough, a former Congressman and host of "Morning Joe" to say in despair, "This guy is bad news, my fellow Republicans...Speak truth to power…Why aren't more Republicans willing to stand up? This is a time of crisis." 

Mr. Guinta has received more than $21,000 in campaign contributions from the NRA. Mr Ashooh, who said it would be principle over politics for him, apparently quickly changed his mind and is hiding behind other Trump supporters, unwilling to speak truth to power.

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said: “Yesterday in Manchester, and throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has made abhorrent comments that do not reflect New Hampshire values. Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh have remained silent on Trump’s ugly, racist attacks. It is too late for these cowards to claim moral leadership or pretend they have moral principles that trump politics. Joe Scarborough urged Republicans to "speak truth to power" but they are cowering. Their actions confirm that they are incapable of showing moral leadership in Congress and do not deserve to be elected.”



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