CBS News political editor Gary Kurtiz on Wednesday called for Donald Trump to quit and said he would prefer a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Kurtiz said Trump should resign after he called the Las Vegas massacre a “massacre” and urged a ban on Muslims entering the country.
“The last thing we need is for the next four years of a president that would call for the slaughter of innocent Americans, including children,” Kurtiz said in a statement.
“The best thing for America is to let the American people decide for themselves whether they want a president who has called for the murder of innocent people and has vowed to build a wall along our southern border, a candidate who has said that the American Dream is dead, and who is so hostile to our allies in the Middle East, our allies at home and around the world.”
Kurtis statement comes after Trump said that he would rather have a “strong leader” than a “weak leader” in the White House.
The former reality TV star and reality television personality has been criticized for his controversial comments, including his calls to bar Muslims from entering the United States and banning people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump suggested that he might support a second U.S. presidential bid because of the “incredible” support he has received.
“I’ve never run for office.
I’m not a politician, I’m a businessman,” Trump said.
“If I was, I would have run a lot more.”
Trump’s comments were the first time he has called a mass shooting a “losing battle.”
The mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people was the deadliest mass shooting on U.K. soil since the 1972 Hillsborough County, Fla., killing of 22 people.
In the aftermath of the massacre, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he was “sorry” and pledged to get tougher on crime.
“My first order of business is to be a strong leader, not a weak leader,” Trump told reporters after the speech.
“And if I were a strong country, we’d be a much better country.
We’d have a much stronger safety net.”
Kurz, a former CBS News correspondent who has covered a range of political topics, added that the Republican nominee is the one who should resign.
“It’s hard to imagine what he is doing in office, if he’s still a candidate,” Kurtz said.