by Max Brantley
"I absolutely condemn the recent remarks made by Donald Trump regarding Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel and his ethnicity. We've seen virtually all leaders in the Republican party, from Newt Gingrich to Speaker Paul Ryan to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come out in vehement opposition to this explicitly offensive rhetoric. But where is Senator Boozman? His silence speaks volumes about where and with whom he stands. And it begs the bigger question: what will it take for Mr. Trump to say before we hear anything but silence from Sen. Boozman?I've left phone and email messages for Boozman's campaign.
Judge Curiel is an American-born citizen, and to suggest his family heritage will somehow impede his ability to correctly judge this case is offensive. If Senator Boozman will not outwardly condemn an action that is so clearly wrong now, how can we expect him to stand up for what's right in the years ahead? We need a strong, new voice that isn't afraid to speak up for what's right for all Arkansans."
“In June of 1950, a Republican woman stood up in Congress and condemned the actions of a fellow Republican. That was Senator Margaret Chase Smith in her ‘Declaration of Conscience.’ Where are those Republicans today?”
Curry continued, “Demagogues can be found in both political parties, whether it’s George Wallace in the Democratic or Donald Trump in the Republican. The mark of true leadership is defining the moment and saying those people are wrong.”
“I condemn the statements made by Donald Trump. I also remind my opponent and his party that in Arkansas, our state seal bears the words Regnat Populus—the people shall rule. I call on French Hill and Arkansas Republicans to join me in making our own declaration of conscience, ensuring the people, not parties, shall rule.”