A swearing-in photo of Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, and his family with former Speaker John Boehner. Rooney said today that supporting Trump would send a wrong message to his sons.

A swearing-in photo of Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, and his family with former Speaker John Boehner. Rooney said today that supporting Trump would send a wrong message to his sons.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, has withdrawn his support for Donald Trump after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump makes vulgar boasts about how his celebrity status allows him to grope women.

 

Rooney was an early supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio‘s presidential bid, serving as Rubio’s state co-chairman. But he was also an early voice for party unity once Trump wrapped up the GOP nomination.

 

“I’m a Republican and he’s our nominee. All these people who are saying they’re not going to support who the Republican primary electorate has chosen need to re-evaluate why they’re part of this team. The people have spoken and you have to respect that,” Rooney said on May 4, a day after chief Trump rival Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race.

 

Today, however, Rooney said the latest Trump revelation was too much for him.

 

“As the father of three young sons, I don’t want my boys growing up in a world where the President of the United States is allowed to speak or treat women the way Donald Trump has,” Rooney said in a statement this afternoon. “My greatest responsibility in life is to try and be a good husband and father. If I support him for President, I will be telling my boys that I think it’s okay to treat women like objects – and I’ll have failed as a dad. Therefore, I can no longer support Donald Trump for President and will not be voting for him or Hillary Clinton.”





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