Former Republican senator apologizes for Donald Trump on his deathbed

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On His Deathbed, Former Republican Senator Apologizes for Donald Trump

Former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett of Utah spent his last few days alive apologizing to Muslims for Donald Trump's behavior, this according to his wife and son.

Bennett's family told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that just 48 hours after he was hospitalized for a stroke, he turned to his son, Jim Bennett, and asked if there were any Muslims in the hospital.

Bennett's wife and son both quoted him as saying, "I want to go up to every single one of them and apologize, I want to go up to every single one of them and tell them how grateful I am that they are in this country and apologize on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump."

Before his death, the three-term Republican senator had become increasingly wary of Trump's comments on immigration, especially his proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from the U.S.

His son told NBC on Thursday, "I think Trump's rise was really the motivation for him to recognize the importance of expressing his desire for inclusion. He just felt it was his [responsibility] to push back."
And Bennett mentioned this desire over and over, even expressing his concerns in a hospital interview with Utah outlet the Deseret News.

He said, in part, "There's a lot of Muslims here in this area. I'm glad they're here."

Bennett died soon after, on May 4, from complications due to pancreatic cancer and a stroke. He was 82 years old.

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People march with an inflatable effigy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an immigrant rights May Day rally in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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