Carbondale’s Beinstein just says ‘no’ to Trump |

Carbondale’s Beinstein just says ‘no’ to Trump

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Alex Beinstein
Courtesy photo |

Third Congressional District candidate Alex Beinstein is definitely not jumping on the Donald Trump bandwagon.

Beinstein, the 27-year-old Carbondale candidate who is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in the June 28 primary, is drawing a distinction between himself and Tipton over their stance on a Trump presidential bid in 2016.

“No, definitely not endorsing Trump,” Beinstein said in a recent interview. Earlier he sent an email to reporters noting that Tipton had endorsed Trump while he had not.

Tipton’s support of Trump is tepid. His campaign strategist told The Denver Post on May 4, “While Congressman Tipton has not supported everything Donald Trump has said or done, he believes that our country cannot afford a third Obama term.”

Tipton’s campaign office didn’t return a message from The Aspen Times seeking a comment on his position on Trump.

Beinstein said he will agree with Trump “where it makes sense.” For example, both of them are critical of recent U.S. trade deals, and Beinstein said he supports Trump’s position to do more to provide medical care to military veterans.

However, those areas of similarities are outweighed by differences, Bernstein said.

“He’s so alienating to Hispanics and women,” he said.

Beinstein said Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, will have a difficult time defending his “seeming nonchalance” to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Eastern Europe, his blanket ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S. and his “stigmatization” of all illegal immigrants.

Beinstein said he believes in Abraham Lincoln’s “open, tolerant message.”

“I don’t think you can tell (all) Muslims, ‘You can’t come into our country,’” Beinstein said.

Democrats obviously feel that a Trump presidential bid would “drag down” the Republican ticket in the November general election, and they will capitalize on attacking all candidates who endorse Trump, according to Beinstein.

That could be a problem in the evenly divided 3rd Congressional District, he said. Among registered voters, 35 percent are unaffiliated while 34 percent are Republican and 29 percent are Democrat.

Beinstein said he believes a Trump endorsement will hurt chances for the Republicans to hold onto the 3rd District seat.

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