Hillary Clinton is serious about winning Utah. The Democratic nominee reached out to state’s overwhelming Republican supporting Mormon population with an op-ed in an LDS Church owned newspaper.
Clinton wrote in the Deseret News:
Every day, Trump continues to prove he lacks the morals to be our commander-in-chief. In just the last couple of weeks, he’s attacked the parents of an American soldier who gave his life for this country. He’s all but proposed abandoning our NATO allies, and we recently learned he even mused about the possible first-use of nuclear weapons.
With a new, outrageous headline seeming to pop up every day, it’s easy to forget that Trump showed us his true colors early on, when he proposed banning all Muslims from our shores.Trump’s Muslim ban would undo centuries of American tradition and values. To this day, I wonder if he even understands the implications of his proposal. This policy would literally undo what made America great in the first place. But you don’t have to take it from me. Listen to Mitt Romney, who said Trump “fired before aiming” when he decided a blanket religious ban was a solution to the threat of terrorism.
Americans don’t have to agree on everything. We never have. But when it comes to religion, we strive to be accepting of everyone around us. That’s because we need each other. And we know that it so often takes a village — or a ward — working together to build the change we hope to see.
There is no Republican-leaning electorate in the United States that has bigger issues with Donald Trump than Utah. Trump is an insult to the beliefs of the state’s Mormon population, and his candidacy has caused angst with the state’s Mormon electorate. Libertarian Gary Johnson has been surging in the state, and the entry of conservative Mormon Independent candidate Evan McMullin could peel more support away from Trump.
It seems unfathomable, but for the first time since 1964, Democrats may have a chance to turn Utah blue in November. A Utah win for Clinton would likely signal a historic landslide victory nationally for Democrats. Even with Trump’s unpopularity, Utah will be an uphill climb for Democrats, but the fact that the state is even being discussed as potentially in play speaks volumes about the state of Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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