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Former Missouri Congressman Tom Coleman signs letter saying he can’t back Donald Trump


Former Missouri Rep. Tom Coleman was one of 30 former Republican members of Congress who signed a letter saying they can’t back Donald Trump for president.

Coleman represented the 6th District, which included a portion of Kansas City north of the Missouri River, from 1976-1993.

Also signing the letter: former Missouri Rep. Jack Buechner of the state’s 2nd District on the eastern side of the state.

“In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges,” the letter reads.

“He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation.”

The letter did not say who the former members would support for president, which suggests that some may back Democrat Hillary Clinton while others may support third-party candidates.