Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” convinced the New Mexico College Republicans to endorse Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson as “the only respectable choice for President of the United States.”
Johnson, who previously served as the Republican Governor of New Mexico, officially won support from the NMCRs over the weekend.
“The Oval Office is no place for a vulgar and classless individual. The leader of the free world is someone that young girls and boys from all over the country look to for leadership and maturity,” the group said in a statement issued on Saturday.
“The former two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico is the only honest and competent candidate in the race. Governor Johnson’s record in the Santa Fe Roundhouse is one we’re proud to stand behind, and one we believe is capable of leadership in the White House.”
The New Mexico College Republicans have chapters at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Highlands University, and Eastern New Mexico University, with about 100 members, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Michael Aguilar, the chairman of the New Mexico College Republicans, said the committee members’ decision to endorse Johnson over Trump was unanimous.
Also on Saturday, Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who has previously criticized Trump for his comments about Mexican immigrants, said she couldn’t back the GOP nominee.
“What Trump brags about is appalling and completely unacceptable,” Martinez said in a statement. “No woman should ever be treated the way he claims he treated women. Unfortunately, there is a pattern of disturbing conduct and offensive rhetoric that raises serious questions about his fitness to be President. That’s why I have withheld my support from the very beginning, and will not support him now.”
Martinez previously said she would not support Johnson either, because she disagrees with his stance to reduce the size of the nation’s military and his plan to legalize marijuana.
Johnson himself said that the Trump tape is at the top of the list of “150 things” the GOP nominee has said that should disqualify him from running for president.
“I have never said anything like that,” Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune on Monday. “When I was 21 years old or 18 years old maybe, after a few too many beers with my buddies … but even then I didn’t approach this kind of speech and, of course, I didn’t have a microphone on and I wasn’t 59 years old.”