TN GOP chairman criticizes Trump

Tennessee Republican Chairman Ryan Haynes took the unusual step today of criticizing a Republican presidential nominee. A spokesman says Haynes comment came in response to questions from media about Donald Trump’s call for blocking immigration by Muslims.

Here’s the statement:

“Donald Trump’s comments have no place in the Republican Party or in American politics. As Americans we should embrace our unique heritage of welcoming immigrants. Demanding that our borders be secure or raising legitimate questions about our screening process is one thing, but a wholesale ban on a religious basis is just wrong. This isn’t a conservative proposal; it’s an outlandish idea that goes against American exceptionalism. Donald Trump is running for the highest office in the United States. This comment doesn’t reflect someone who is serious about that endeavor.”