American voters are left with few months to choose who would they want to represent them. The choice they have to make this November falls between a Republican leader who wants a second chance in the Oval Office to make America great again and a Democrat with a long and colorful political career who promises to build back the country better after it has been deeply challenged by an outbreak. With political conventions kicking out this week, a number of Republican officials are showing no sign of support to its party leader.
For many G.O.P. officials, President Trump’s political standing has slipped. Here is a list of those who have said they will not support Trump in the fall: https://t.co/7Zt94bvcCz— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) August 18, 2020
The New York Times dropped a list of Republicans who will let Trump do his thing without them to back him up this fall. Prominent names found on the list are:
- Former US President George W. Bush. Though he has not outspokenly revealed who he might support this 2020 Election, those who know the former President thinks that Trump will not be his candidate because he did not even endorse him in 2016.
- Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. The only Republican senator who voted to convict his political party leader during his impeachment trial. Senator Romney has been known to show lack of confidence over Trump’s leadership, though reports say that he is still undecided whom to vote, however, he is certain that it won’t be the president.
- Former National Security adviser John Bolton. In multiple interviews, Mr. Bolton appeared to be vocal to share he will not vote Trump in November even though he was not sure which of the name he would write in this election, but he said it would be a conservative Republican.
- Ex-Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. in his Washington Post interview, the former Senator dropped this line, I will not vote for Donald Trump.
- Retired four-star Navy Admiral William H. McRaven. McRaven, who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told New York Times that President Trump showed the lack of necessary qualities to be a good commander in chief, and this fall, it is time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat or independent.
These Republicans that Axios reported seems to lean on the blue side of the race:
- 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Fiorina sees Biden as a man of humility and empathy and character, thus earning her vote this November election.
- Former Governor of Ohio John Kasich. Ex-governor Kasich told CNN that he knew Biden for 30 years and the kind of guy he is, an indication that will solidify his presence in this week’s Democratic National Convention as one of the speakers under Biden’s team. After all, he competed against him in the 2016 Republican primary.
- Ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell. Mr. Powell in June said that he would vote for Biden, whom he had worked with for 35 years because the Republican president lies about things and the GOP officials in the Congress will not hold him accountable for it.
- Former Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security Miles Taylor. As the most senior former member of the administration to openly endorse Biden, Mr. Taylor said that Trump is “actively doing damage to our security” and that what he had witnessed Mr. Trump do as chief executive “was terrifying.”
- Quibi CEO Meg Whitman. Whitman, a former senior official for both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and a former Republican candidate for governor of California, who supported Clinton’s 2016 campaign, is slated to speak at the Democratic Convention this week.
With the names mentioned above, there are still those who shown doubts to give Trump a second chance at the White House but have not voiced out to endorse Biden, the likes of:
- Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). Murkowski told Capitol Hill in June that she was “struggling” to support the president's re-election after James Mattis, the former defense secretary, issued a public rebuke.
- Former Chief of Staff to the president John Kelly. Kelly did not share who he plans to vote for but told the news portal that he wished to have some additional choices in this election.
- Ex-Senator from Indiana Dan Coats. Coats hasn’t said whom he will support but his longtime adviser Kevin Kellems said that “ultimately he remains a loyal Republican, but he believes the American people will decide on Nov. 3.”
- Former Speakers of the House Paul Ryan and John Boehner. Both have expressed their dislike of the president, but have not said whom they will support in November.
- Ex-Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush. So far, he is reportedly undecided.