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Republican Endorsements for Biden Continue to Add Up

Erik Sofranko

Posted on August 29, 2020 23:06

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is receiving endorsements from several prominent Republicans, some of whom have served in President Trump’s administration.

It is no secret that President Trump has taken full control of the Republican Party. Former McCain campaign official Steve Schmidt has stated numerous times through this presidency that the GOP has transitioned from being the party of Lincoln and Reagan to the party of Trump. 

However, there are several prominent members of the Republican Party who have made it clear that they do not stand for Trumpism. Many of them believe Trump does not have the leadership skills or the character needed to lead the nation. 

Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 and spoke in support of Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, believes that Trump’s experience and decency does not compare to Biden’s. Kasich also did not attend the 2016 GOP convention in his home state of Ohio. 

Trump’s former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has called Trump “crazy” and gave an enthusiastic endorsement for Joe Biden. Scaramucci served just two weeks as communications director before being fired by Trump for the expletive comments he made about former White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. 

Carly Fiorina, former 2016 GOP candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO has stated that there is no way she can support Trump. She believes that voting is more than just checking a box. She sees Biden as the clear person of character, humility and empathy in this election. 

George W. Bush, the only living former GOP president, and his brother Jeb Bush, former 2016 GOP presidential candidate, have both expressed opposition to Trump. 

Jim Mattis, Trump’s former Secretary of Defense, who resigned out of frustration over the president’s decision to remove troops from Syria, said that Trump is the first president to not even try to unite the nation.

Additionally, Trump’s own former Chief of Staff John Kelly, who replaced Reince Preibus, has stated publicly that Trump is unfit for the job. 

Anti-Trump Republicans have also found a home with the Lincoln Project, a new Republican-funded Political Action Committee that is aimed at exposing President Trump’s weaknesses as a leader and making the case that Joe Biden is the clear choice for Republicans in this election cycle. 

Leaders of the Lincoln Project include Republican strategists Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson, who have stated that their main goal is to preserve the union. They have claimed that Trump is at odds with everything the Republican Party has claimed to stand for, including respect for the rule of law and respect for all the norms and traditions that go with every institution in the United States. 

It is also important to note that President Trump won the 2016 election with a similar level of public Republican opposition. There are also many more current GOP elected officials who are publicly supporting Trump’s candidacy than four years ago. Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Lindsay Graham, are just some of the current GOP officials who now support Trump after expressing opposition four years ago.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on August 29, 2020 23:06

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