Hawaii Republican leaders respond to shakeup in race for White House

Hawaii Republican leaders respond to shakeup in the race for the White House
(Image: Ted Cruz)
(Image: Ted Cruz)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Donald Trump won the Indiana primary and is very likely to win the Republican nomination for president and that has Hawaii Republicans deeply divided.

The Ted Cruz Hawaii Campaign chairman would not say who he will vote for now. But other Republican leaders have a warning for voters.

"I think Donald Trump is somebody who is extraordinarily dangerous, he is a demagogue, he is offensive, and he really does not have the qualifications or fitness to be our nation's next president," said Republican and former U.S. Congressman Charles Djou.

"I think if you are a true sincere conservative, if you are a true sincere American, you have to be frightened by Donald Trump," Djou said.

Trump got 42 percent of the vote, while Cruz had 33 percent in Hawaii's Republican presidential caucus back in March. Cruz got seven of the 19 delegates and his Hawaii Campaign Chairman Willes Lee is one of them.

"We are still looking forward to going to Cleveland. We'll make sure that we have a Republican nominee who will beat Clinton this fall," Lee said.

Hawaii Republican Party Chair Fritz Rohlfing says he will support Trump if he challenges Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the election.

"I think Hillary Clinton would be a disaster for the United States of America," said Rohlfing.

"It's very likely Donald Trump will be the nominee and yes, I think he'll mount a strong campaign and I think it's very possible he could win," Rohlfing said.

Rohlfing believes the Republican Party will unite coming out of the Republican National Convention in July. But Lee said he fears Republicans just won't come out to vote. Djou said no matter what, he will not vote for Trump and he believes he is not alone.

"I have to make a lot of hard choices here because I certainly do not support Donald Trump and I do not want him to be our nation's next president," Djou said.

Ohio governor John Kasich said he is still in the GOP's presidential race. Charles Djou supports him and is holding out hope that he could get the nomination at the convention.

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