The list of Republicans who refuse to support Trump just keeps getting longer and longer.
Earlier this week, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced she is the latest defection from Trumpland. In an Op-ed appearing in Monday’s Washington Post, she listed the reasons why she won’t be voting for the Republican nominee. Trump, she writes, “does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.” What she didn’t say, however, is who she will be supporting in November. She did note that she doesn’t support either party nominee.
What bothered her the most?
There were three instances that informed her decision: When Trump mocked a disabled reporter for The New York Times; When he claimed Judge Gonzalo Curiel couldn’t be fair regarding Trump University because of his Mexican heritage; and when he attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star parents whose son died in the Iraq war.
That was enough for Collins:
“With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing—either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level—that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president… I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so. It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies. Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.”
“If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” Graham said.
That’s according to The Daily Wire:
Sasse has also been pretty vocal in his opposition to Trump, and in one letter he posted to Facebook he declared “There is no reason to believe that either of these two national frontrunners believe in limiting anything about D.C.’s power.”
Kirk originally supported Trump but rescinded that after his comments about Judge Curiel. “While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”
And much has been made out of the fact that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his father former President George H.W. Bush, and his brother, former President George W. Bush have all said they will not support Trump in November.
Some top Republicans are so repulsed by Trump that they are throwing their weight behind Hillary Clinton.
Chief among them is Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.). He was the first Republican in Congress to jump on the Clinton campaign, and in a scorching op-ed he castigated Trump for his personality and his habit of alienating minority groups.
“I found him profoundly offensive and narcissistic but as much as anything, a world-class panderer, anything but a leader,” Hanna wrote.
Also two former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency—both Republicans—criticized Trump for his “profound ignorance of science.” William D. Ruckelshaus (who served under Nixon) and William K. Reilly (who served under George H.W. Bush) publicly endorsed Clinton on August 9.
It’s encouraging to see Republicans like Collins come out against this narcissistic, racist and xenophobic candidate who leans heavily into fascism. They know he’s poor choice for president. And should Trump unfortunately become president, it’s good to know there are people who won’t line up behind him like the faithful servants he probably thinks he deserves.
Kudos to them for having some guts.