Gary Palmer clarifies position, he’s still on the Trump train

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Alabama 6th District U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer said Thursday his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump has not wavered, he intends to vote for him Nov. 8.

Palmer clarified his position in a news release following assumptions he would not be after his statement last week in which he condemned lewd remarks made by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in a 2005 video. He said the choice between voting for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Trump is easy — he will be voting for Trump.

“Let me be clear, we are looking at two very imperfect candidates, but supporting the Republican nominee —Donald Trump — over the Democratic nominee — Hillary Clinton — is not a difficult choice,” said Palmer in a statement. “Even in recent days, we have seen more evidence from the emails released by WikiLeaks confirming that Mrs. Clinton is a pathological liar; we know that she is guilty of being extremely careless while mishandling classified information, that her actions caused four Americans to lose their lives in Benghazi, and she and President Obama are principally responsible for the disaster unfolding in the Middle East that has left over a half million people dead and millions more as refugees.”

Palmer made sure to again condemn Trump’s remarks, calling the comments, “offensive and inappropriate.”

“Last week, it was revealed that 11 years ago, Mr. Trump had made some offensive and inappropriate comments about women,” Palmer continued. “This election is not about comments made 11 years ago or even 11 months ago, but about the policies represented by the two candidates.”

Palmer believes Clinton’s policies directly contradict his beliefs.

He continued, “Hillary Clinton will continue the assault on the Second Amendment; she will continue to allow the killing of the unborn; she will continue to appoint judges who legislate from the bench; she will continue to issue executive orders not based on law or logic; she will continue to destroy our military and national defense; and she will continue to drive up the national debt and harm economic growth with regulatory burdens.”

“When every poll shows that over 75 percent of Americans believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, it should be evident that we need to change direction. That is why I will support Mr. Trump as the Republican nominee, because Hillary Clinton must not be the next president.”

Last week, several other prominent Alabama Republicans pulled their support from Trump following the video release, including Gov. Robert Bentley along with Alabama 1st District U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne, and Alabama 2nd District U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby.

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