The Los Angeles Times editorial board is urging Republicans to join those among them who have already spoken out against President Trump.
In a scathing editorial published Sunday, the board cast defection from Trump’s leadership as a moral imperative, writing that “this is no time for neutrality, equivocation or silence.”
“With such a glaring failure of moral leadership at the top, it is desperately important that others stand up and speak out to defend American principles and values,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote.
The editorial came at the end of one of the most turbulent weeks in Trump’s presidency, in which he faced intense backlash over his comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Trump angrily defended himself in a Tuesday news conference against criticism that he failed to sufficiently denounce hate groups and appeared to equate white nationalists with counterprotesters opposing them.
Those comments prompted several business leaders on two key economic councils to resign. Trump later said that he had decided to disband the panels.