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Former Republican Senator John Danforth, of Missouri, says Republicans can't allow President Trump to redefine their party.

Former U.S. Senator John Danforth speaks at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in St. Louis in May 2017. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Former U.S. Senator John Danforth speaks at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in St. Louis in May 2017. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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John Danforth, former Republican U.S. senator from Missouri from 1976 to 1995.

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The Washington Post: The Real Reason Trump Is Not a Republican — "To my fellow Republicans: We cannot allow Donald Trump to redefine the Republican Party. That is what he is doing, as long as we give the impression by our silence that his words are our words and his actions are our actions. We cannot allow that impression to go unchallenged."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Trump Announces Missouri Visit Just As Former Sen. John Danforth Denounces Him — "Some of the top Republicans in the state are planning to attend Trump’s appearance in Springfield, Mo., next week, notwithstanding former Sen. John C. Danforth’s scathing opinion piece in the Washington Post on Friday calling Trump “the most divisive president in our history.” 'To my fellow Republicans: We cannot allow Donald Trump to redefine the Republican Party,' wrote Danforth, who left the Senate two decades ago but remains a major voice in the Missouri GOP. 'Our country needs a responsibly conservative party. But our party has been corrupted by this hateful man, and it is now in peril.'"

This segment aired on August 30, 2017.

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