Who would have ever believed that so many big names in the Republican Party would publicly pledge to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election? All throughout the primaries and the caucuses, the Republican establishment expressed tremendous disdain for Donald Trump, but they were unable to derail his march to the nomination. Now that we have reached the general election, some of the biggest names in the GOP are actually taking the unprecedented step of crossing over to the other side and are publicly announcing their support for Hillary Clinton. This shows that many of these individuals were only “Republicans in name only” to begin with, and it also demonstrates the lengths that the elite are willing to go to in order to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
One of the latest big Republican names to publicly support Hillary Clinton is Sally Bradshaw. CNN is describing her as “Jeb Bush’s top adviser”, and she has gone so far as to completely remove herself from the Republican Party because of Donald Trump…
Jeb Bush’s top adviser, Sally Bradshaw, has left the Republican Party to become an independent, and says if the presidential race in Florida is close, she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.
Bradshaw, who’s been close to the former Florida governor for decades and was senior adviser to his 2016 campaign, officially switched her registration to unaffiliated. She told CNN’s Jamie Gangel in an email interview that the GOP is “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot.”
“This is a time when country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw has been working for the Bushes ever since the 1988 presidential campaign, and she never would have made such a bold move without the approval of the Bushes.
Needless to say, the Bushes absolutely hate Trump, and they have a vested interest in seeing him lose the election. There are some that believe that Jeb Bush is already lining up for another run in 2020, and Donald Trump has to lose in order for that to be possible.
In addition to Sally Bradshaw, another prominent friend of the Bush family has also recently announced that he is going to be voting for Hillary Clinton. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was at the center of the storm during the financial crisis of 2008, and not too long ago he announced his intentions in the Washington Post…
“When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump,” Paulson wrote in The Washington Post last week. “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.”
Does Henry Paulson actually believe that Hillary Clinton can “bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world”?
I find that difficult to believe.
But apparently he intends to try to persuade as many of his fellow Republicans as possible to vote for Hillary Clinton, and a whole bunch of other establishment Republicans have already lined up behind her.
These are just some of the big Republican names that the Washington Post says have already committed to voting for Hillary Clinton…
Dan Akerson, former chairman and chief executive of General Motors
Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state and adviser to RonaldReagan and George H.W. Bush
Kurt Bardella Former aide to rep Daryl Issa
Max Boot, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and adviser to GOP presidential candidates
George H.W. Bush Former president
Arne Carlson, a former two-term Republican governor of Minnesota
Jim Cicconi, former Reagan and George H.W. Bush aide
Steve Deace- radio host
Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesman
Carly Fiorina, former GOP candidate
Charles Fried, former U.S. solicitor general under Reagan
David Gordon, a senior advisor at the Eurasia Group
Carlos Guiterrez Bush commerce secretary
Carla Hills U.S. trade representative under George H.W. Bush
Ben Howe, editor at RedState.com
Richard Howill former deputy assistant secretary of state and ambassador to Ecuador under Reagan
Cheri Jacobus, a GOP consultant and pundit
Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former Reagan State Department aide and adviser to the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney
John Kasich, Gov of Ohio
Philip Klein, the managing editor of the Washington Examiner
Stephen Krasner, a Stanford University professor who served as the State Department's director of policy
Peter Mansoor, retired Army colonel and former aide to David Petraeus
Rosario Marin, U.S. treasurer -- "I will stand up for my community against the menace of a tyrannical presidency that does not value the countless contributions of immigrants."
Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 Republican nominee John McCain,
John Negroponte, director of national intelligence and deputy secretary of state under Bush, five-time ambassador and Reagan deputy national security adviser
David Nierenberg Romney campaign finance chairman
Heney Paulson Bush treasury secretary
Larry Pressler, former three-term Republican senator from South Dakota
Mark Salter, former top adviser to John McCain
Kori Schake, National Security Council and State Department aide
Brent Scowcroft, chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and adviser to three previous GOP presidents
Harry Sloan, head of Global Eagle Acquisition — "He is unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be our president
Robert Smith, former judge on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals
Kristen Soltis Anderson, Author of The Selfie Vote and Republican pollster
Alan Steinberg, regional EPA administrator
Bret Stephens, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal Editorial
Mike Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide
Meg Whitman, former tech exec- called Trump a “dangerous demagogue”
Paul Wolfowitz says he’ll likely back Hillary Clinton, the latest neoconservative to defect to the Democrat’s camp.
The Dallas Morning News Organization- Breaking with decades of historical precedent of endorsing the Republican Party nominee in the general election, the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday declared Donald Trump unfit for office and undeserving of the GOP brand.
As I have said all along, the establishment will do whatever it has to do to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Republican senators, congressmen and governors who say they may vote for Hillary (updated)
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
Senator Susan Collins, Maine,
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho),
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
Rep Bob Dold (Ill.)
Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Congressman Bill Flores, Texas,
Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina,
Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.)
Senator Mark Kirk, Illinois
Senator John McCain
Former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.)
Former Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)
Rep. Reid Ribble (Wis.)
Former Gov. Tom Ridge (Pa.)
Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
Senator Mark Rubio, Florida
Speaker Paul Ryan
Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.)
Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.)
Iowa Rep Party chairman A.J. Spiker
Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Former Sen John Warner (VA)
Former Rep. J.C. Watts (Okla.)
Media Outlets and Reporters Anti-Trump Pro-Clinton
The USA Today
The Morning News
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Arizona Republic
the Dallas Morning News
The Morning News
New York Times reporter Ashley Parker
New York Times reporters Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin
Washington's #NeverTrump Republicans have set an Election Day victory party to cheer the GOP nominee's defeat, they hope.
In a Facebook post, the group said it would meet at Lincoln, about four blocks from the White House.
"The bar is arranging for multiple TVs, so we can watch the Trump dumpster fire burn itself out across all of the major networks, and there will be drink specials with candidate themes," said the group.
Please join your fellow #NeverTrump Republicans (and some friends from across the aisle) on election night to celebrate the end of this historically-awful campaign season and the electoral repudiation of Donald Trump and all he represents.
To honor the GOP's once and future values, we will be gathering to watch the election night results at Lincoln bar and restaurant at 1110 Vermont Avenue NW.
Paul Ryan speaks after Trump victory
But as the realization sinks in that Donald Trump is the president-elect, the focus turns to the next election --- Ryan's own bid in a week to gain another term as speaker. And should he win, the question of how much power the Wisconsin congressman will enjoy.
There is some lingering criticism about Ryan's handling of his relationship with Trump as the speaker dials up members of his conference to secure their votes in the internal GOP election that is scheduled for next Wednesday. The last time the speaker addressed House GOP members he told them on a conference call he could no longer defend the Republican nominee after a video tape released depicting Trump speaking in vulgar terms about women -- a message that didn't go over very well.
Ryan was quick after Trump's victory to set aside the public feud with President-elect Donald Trump and pledge to work together.
Diehard GOP Trump critics offer congrats through gritted teeth
“Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim,” tweeted Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee who delivered a speech in Utah encouraging Republican primary voters to support whichever candidate had the best chance to beat Trump in a given state.
Romney, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, did not vote for Trump.
“Congratulations on your victory @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted Jeb Bush, who Trump savaged during the primary and dubbed “low energy.” “As our President, Columba and I will pray for you in the days and months to come.”
“The American people have spoken and it’s time to come together. Congratulations President-elect @realDonaldTrump,” Kasich, who voted for 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, wrote on Twitter.
Graham and Sasse, darlings of the Never Trump movement, also offered congratulatory words and sounded conciliatory notes, pointing to areas where they hoped to work together.
Ryan has sure been sucking up big-time since the election results.... He must be worried.
He is covering his a**, afraid of being tossed.
Last night on Dobbs, guests said two things that were great.
!. The proverbial glass ceiling WAS broken. We now have a President-elect who is a private citizen, just as the Founders envisioned.
2. TRUMP! broke the backs of two evil dynasties: the Bushes and the Clintons.
And THOSE are both awesome!!!
Yes very AWESOME!