For Immediate Release
Statement by the Young Republican National Federation Executive Board:
Trump’s Comments Do Not Represent the YRNF
December 8, 2015
The Republican party has always been the party that embraces everyone, from every corner of the world. We are the party of hope, promise, and opportunity. Recently, we have been branded as something other than honest stewards of the American dream because of comments made by a certain presidential campaign.
The YRNF wants to be very clear: Donald Trump is out of line with his comments about Muslims. These statements targeting a specific group of people for their race or religion does not reflect who we are as a party. Nor do they reflect the values that we embody, embrace, and encourage others to adopt.
As House Speaker Paul Ryan so rightfully put it, “This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”
We will do as we have always done, we will continue to fight for conservative principles and will advocate on behalf of the party to get Republicans elected. But we will not overlook any candidate’s attempt to attribute ignorant and patently wrong viewpoints to our organization.The Young Republicans will stand up for what is right and urge others to do the same.
One of the cornerstones of the Republican brand is accountability. We must hold each other accountable for our remarks, especially extremely hurtful ones that do not reflect us as Republicans, much less as Americans.
We hope that Donald Trump will realize his speech was not consistent with what we believe in as a party, and harmful to us as a country. We expect our representatives to bring people back together especially considering the current circumstances facing our nation.
We call on Donald Trump to retract his comments and recognize this divisive rhetoric is not just anti-Republican, but anti-American.
Lastly, it has come to our attention individuals claiming to be part of a New Hampshire Young Republican organization are extending endorsements for Mr. Trump. Currently, the YRNF does not recognize any group from New Hampshire as an associated Young Republican federation, and any individuals claiming to endorse on behalf of Young Republicans do not speak for us.
The Young Republican National Federation headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP represents members of both state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.
For press inquiries or more information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner (CMT@yrnf.com) at 205-540-3264, or Communications Committee Chairman, Katrina Jørgensen (Katrina.Jorgensen@yrnf.com) at 817-881-8199.