Rick Perry Returns to Tell Conservatives Not to Vote For Trump at Values Voter

PolitiChicks.comFormer Texas Governor and two-time Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry came out of hiding after suspending his campaign early this month to speak at Values Voter Summit Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Speaking as a non-presidential candidate, Perry called on all conservatives to stand by a candidate that wouldn’t divide the party. Without mentioning names, Perry renewed the rivalry against the Republican front-runner Donald Trump. During his brief run, Perry would try to take on Trump, but that led to his poll numbers dropping, which ultimately led to Perry being the very first candidate to bow out the race earlier this month.

“We see in our politics today a lot of agitation, but I want to issue a word of caution,” Perry said to the 2,500 social conservative attendees on Friday.  “There is a difference between righteous indignation and unconstrained anger. We cannot make the mistake the replacing a liberal divider-in-chief with a conservative divider-in-chief or to sacrifice our principles for the cult of personality.”

On the issue of immigration, Perry resurrected Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, an issue that has put Trump in the spotlight and leading the polls. “We can secure the border and reform our immigration system without inflammatory rhetoric, without base appeals to divide us,” Perry said. Reminding the crowd of his 14-year tenure as governor of Texas, Perry noted how his state borders Mexico and he secured the border when President Obama refused to do so. The real estate mogul began his campaign by talking heavily about the immigration problem and how Mexico sends murderers and rapists across the border. This helped Trump gain momentum throughout the summer, which resulted in huge support and leading the polls in the first of the nation states as well as nationally.

“Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ,” Perry said. “It’s time to elevate this debate from divisive name-calling, from sound bites without solutions, and start discussing how can we make this country better for all of us with real conservative values put into place.”

Perry closed his speech with another jab at Trump, but this time taking his slogan of ‘Make America Great Again.’ “Let’s make America good again so it can be great again,” Perry said, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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