Here are 7 Republicans Voting for Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump
This article originally appeared on time.com.
During a week that has found Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump deeper embroiled in controversy, more disaffected Republicans have begun to voice their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Republican donor and Hewlett Packard (HPE) CEO Meg Whitman announced her support for Clinton on Tuesday, as did retiring Republican New York Rep. Richard Hanna—both coming a day after Jeb Bush adviser Sally Bradshaw did the same.
Here are the prominent Republicans who have said they’ll be crossing party lines and voting for Clinton in November:
Rep. Richard Hanna
Hanna, a retiring Republican representative for New York, on Tuesday became the first Republican Congressman to publicly declare he will vote for Clinton.
“If I compare the life stories of both candidates I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways,” he wrote in a column published on Syracuse.com. “While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing.”
Former Sen. Larry Pressler
Pressler, a former three-term Republican Senator from South Dakota, endorsed Clinton on June 12, the day of the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, criticizing Trump’s positions on gun control. He previously endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
“Secretary Clinton would be able to handle such explosive situations which are terrorist inspired much better than Donald Trump,” Pressler said, citing her opposition to the National Rifle Association. “At last we must recognize that we need a president who will take on the NRA.”
“I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” Pressler said in a follow-up interview with The Hill on June 13. “A lot of Republicans are just saying, ‘I’ll sit it out, I won’t vote.’ Or, ‘I’ll vote for a third-party candidate.’ But if they don’t vote, they are giving more power to dark forces.”
Bradshaw, a senior adviser to former Republican candidate Jeb Bush, announced Monday that she has left the Republican Party and registered as an unaffiliated voter.
“This election cycle is a test,” she said in an interview with CNN. “As much as I don’t want another four years of (President Barack) Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.”
She specifically criticized Trump’s recent comments about the mother of a fallen Muslim Army soldier, saying they reinforced her decision.
Bradshaw said she hasn’t yet decided whether to vote for Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson or a write-in candidate, but she said she’ll vote for Clinton if the race appears to be close in her home state of Florida. “If the race in Florida is close, I will vote for Hillary Clinton,” she said. “That is a very difficult statement for me to make. I disagree with her on several important issues. … This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president.”
Comella, a longtime aide to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, told CNN on Tuesday that she plans to vote for Clinton. Christie has been a strong Trump supporter since he ended his own presidential bid in February. Comella stopped working for Christie after his campaign ended. She has since started a consulting company, CNN reported.
“Donald Trump has been a demagogue this whole time, preying on people’s anxieties with loose information and salacious rhetoric, drumming up fear and hatred of the ‘other,’” Comella said in the CNN interview. “I’m voting for Hillary Clinton in November and I’m voting for her because I don’t believe it’s enough to say you aren’t for Donald Trump. My mom and dad were Republicans, but they didn’t always vote Republican. There are times when principle trumps (no pun intended) party and we have to be okay with acknowledging that.”
The Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO, a prominent Republican fundraiser, announced Tuesday that she will vote for Clinton. Whitman served as an adviser to former Republican presidential nominee John McCain in his 2008 presidential run and ran unsuccessfully for governor of California in 2010.
“To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character,” Whitman said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “It is clear to me that Secretary Clinton’s temperament, global experience and commitment to America’s bedrock national values make her the far better choice in 2016 for President of the United States. In a tumultuous world, America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide. I urge all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.”
The former Treasury secretary in the administration of President George W. Bush endorsed Clinton for president in a Washington Post column published June 24, saying “it’s time to put country before party.”
“When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump,” Paulson wrote. “I will not cast a write-in vote. I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world. To my Republican friends: I know I’m not alone.”
Salter served as chief of staff to Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and was also a senior adviser during McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“I’m with her,” he said in a Tweet on May 3, voicing disapproval that “the GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer.”
In a column, titled “Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump,” published June 29 on Real Clear Politics, Salter was more explicit about his support. “Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant or hateful or a nut,” he wrote. “She acts like an adult, and understands the responsibilities of an American president. That might not be a ringing endorsement. But in 2016, the year of Trump’s s campaign, it’s more than enough.”