Multiple Prominent Republicans Reportedly Not Voting For Trump

Republicans should follow Bush's lead.

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Donald Trump could be in for very bad news on election night in November if a bunch of Republicans turn on him in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. Former President George W. Bush certainly has no problem doing that.

When Bush offered hopeful words to the country earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic raged on, Trump lashed out at him, behavior entirely unacceptable for a sitting president. It’s no wonder Bush’s mother former First Lady Barbara Bush barred Trump from attending her funeral.

And so, it’s only fitting that Bush once again will not be voting for Trump this year, and likely neither will his brother Jeb, whom Trump repeatedly insulted on the campaign trail in 2016. In addition, the late Senator John McCain’s widow also won’t vote for Trump. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) won’t either.

According to the New York Times:

Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.”

A Bush spokesperson denies that the former president has taken a stance in the election.

“This is completely made up,” the representative told the Texas Tribune. “He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”

However, this could be just Bush’s way of maintaining the look of non-partisanship. After all, he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 either.

Other surprising Republican names also won’t vote for Trump and are leaning toward casting their ballot for Biden.

Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner won’t say how they will vote, and some Republicans who are already disinclined to support Mr. Trump are weighing whether to go beyond backing a third-party contender to openly endorse Mr. Biden. Retired military leaders, who have guarded their private political views, are increasingly voicing their unease about the president’s leadership but are unsure whether to embrace his opponent.”

Frankly, now is not the time to waste a vote on a third party or not vote at all. That’s partly how Trump stumbled into winning the election in 2016. We don’t want a repeat because it would be even more disastrous. Biden may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s damn sure better than Trump. These Republicans should lead by example and openly endorse and vote for Biden. Not doing so is a vote for Trump, and our country simply won’t survive another four years of him.

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