The Princeton College Republicans are not taking a definitive position on whether to support the Republican Party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump in the general election at this time, according to a statement released to the Daily Princetonian by the group's president, Paul Draper ’18.
"As in past election cycles, the Princeton College Republicans will be working to promote Republican policies—limited government, the free market system, a strong national defense—amongst our college-aged peers. To that end, we will be actively campaigning for Republican candidates who will implement those policies when elected. In particular, we plan to focus on Congressional campaigns in New Jersey and other nearby states," the statement reads.
The statement, which came after deliberations among club officers, further noted that deciding whether to support any candidate is an important and sometimes complicated determination.
"As we always have, we encourage everyone to vote for candidates who have a proven record of success and who have committed to enacting conservative reforms while in office," the statement says.
Draper also noted that Princeton College Republicans will continue to articulate and advocate for those specific policies throughout this election cycle so that voters have a clear idea of what they are. However, he reinforced that individual voters should determine, for their own purposes, if any candidate sufficiently supports those policies and is worthy of their vote.
This pastWednesday, the Harvard Republican Club released a statement expressing that they will not be endorsing or campaigning for Trump in the upcoming general election. The statement described Trump's platform and actions as "antithetical" to both Republican and American values.
"The rhetoric he espouses – from racist slander to misogynistic taunts – is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel," the statement read.
The Harvard Republican Club also called upon other College Republicans to withdraw their support for the Republican nominee.