Now that the United States presidential elections are just a few months away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are fiercely campaigning. While the least they can rely upon are votes from their own party members, at least 110 Republican leaders have reportedly come out and refused to vote for Trump.
Trump’s crude remarks and “weary of his bombast and seemingly loose party allegiance, traditional Republicans largely stayed out of primary politics,” Vox reported.
In an Op-ed for The Washington Times, GOP Senator Susan Collins wrote, “I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president.” He does not reflect “historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”
Possibly the Republicans have for long believed that Trump would clean up his comments and behave more responsibly as the elections approach.
However, far from that, Trump’s remarks and attitude has managed to irate Republicans to the extent that some of them would vote for rival Hillary Clinton, reported The New York Times.
Trump’s call for a complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States infuriated Representative Reid Ribble, who said that he will not support Trump.
Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey too revoked her support because according to her “Trump…is employing the kind of hateful rhetoric and exploiting the insecurities of this nation, in much the same way that allowed Hitler and Mussolini to rise to power in the lead-up to World War II,” The New York Times reported.
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Paul Wolfowitz discussed the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency and said that “I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton….”
According to The Atlantic, Neoconservative intellectuals and pundits like Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and Robert Kagan have also been particularly harsh in criticizing Trump.
The report also said that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush himself have remained pointedly silent, declining to back the Republican nominee.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush told CBS news that some of the things that Trump have said about women are outrageous.
Richard Hanna in an op-ed for Syracus Post wrote, “Months ago I publicaly said I could never support Trump…I found him profoundly offensive and narcissistic but as much as anything, a world-class panderer, anything but a leader.”
Tim Miller told Vox that “I am in the camp that thinks that it’s important for him to suffer a humiliating defeat in November.”
Ted Cruz said, “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.”
Lindsey Graham too does not support Trump because he does not consider him to be a reliable Republican conservative, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Ben Sasse too said that he cannot support someone the he doesn’t think would take the oath of office in good faith.
These are just few of the 110 Republicans who have refused to support Trump. His policies and comments leave no choice for some Republicans but to denounce him and rather vote for Clinton.
First Published On : Aug 30, 2016 21:52 IST