“I’m an American before I’m a Republican”: Another Republican congressman says he won’t vote for Trump

Another one bites the dust.
Another one bites the dust.
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Two days after US president Barack Obama called on Republican lawmakers to abandon party presidential nominee Donald Trump, another member of Congress has obliged.

Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has announced he won’t be casting a vote for Trump in the Nov. 2016 general election: “I’m an American before I’m a Republican,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday (Aug. 3). “I’m saying for me personally, how can I support that? Because he’s crossed so many red lines that a commander in chief or a candidate for commander in chief should never cross.”

It was Trump’s comments about Vladimir Putin and fallen Muslim-American Army captain Humayun Khan that apparently put Kinzinger over the edge.

The announcement comes days after New York representative Richard Hanna became the first federal-level GOP politician to publicly announce he would withhold his vote from the party’s nominee.

Kinzinger will not, however, be crossing the aisle to vote for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Instead, he is considering writing in a candidate on his ballot in November, according to CNN.