Democratic candidate Joe Biden is padding his already historically big list of crossover endorsements in the last days of the governmental project– a list that includes former GOP heavyweights and presidential prospects, party veterans and even some Trump administration authorities.
Former Gov. John Kasich, who challenged Trump for the GOP election in 2016, has actually been one of Biden’s most singing Republican backers, lauding his “experience and his knowledge and his decency” at the Democratic convention.
Biden has won the recommendations of 4 Republican cabinet secretaries; Obama administration Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell and EPA Director Christine Whitman, who appeared at the DNC along with Kasich.
Anthony Scaramucci, who acted as Trump’s White Home communications director for simply 2 weeks, backed Biden and called Trump “crazy.”
Former Homeland Security Department Chief of Personnel Miles Taylor implicated Trump of withholding disaster aid from blue states and claiming “magical authorities” above the law and revealed himself to be the author of an anonymous 2018 op-ed in the New York City Times about an internal resistance to Trump inside the Trump administration.
Carly Fiorina, a previous Hewlett Packard CEO and GOP presidential prospect who was quickly the running mate of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), said she can not support Trump which “elections are binary options,” while Meg Whitman, another Hewlett Packard CEO, stated at the DNC that Trump “has no hint how to run a service, let alone an economy.”
4 former Republican Senators have actually come out for Biden: David Durenberger of Minnesota and Gordon J. Humphrey of New Hampshire (both independents now), John Warner of Virginia and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who called a Trump 2nd term “a real threat.”
Previous Rep. Susan Molinari of New york city spoke at the Democratic convention, joining former Reps. Charles Djou of Hawaii and Joe Walsh of Illinois, a former tea partier who challenged Trump for the GOP election in 2020 and voted for Biden in Illinois’ open Democratic primary in March, calling Trump a “dreadful human being” who “should be beat.”
Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain and mother of The View host Meghan McCain(who also endorsed Biden) told a video for the Democratic convention detailing her late spouse’s “not likely friendship” with Biden.
Former Rep. Charlie Damage of Pennsylvania backed Biden ahead of the 3rd night of the Democratic convention, declaring, “It’s an unfortunate state of affairs when a president backs a 9/11 truther,” in referral to Trump’s embrace of Georgia Congressional prospect Marjorie Taylor Greene.
A group of 73 former U.S. nationwide security authorities in the Republican administrations, consisting of former heads of the CIA and FBI and Trump administration officials, backed Biden, asserting that Trump’s “corrupt behavior renders him unfit to function as president.”– joined in October by another 50 previous authorities.
Former Trump Assistant Director of Homeland Security Elizabeth Neumann implicated Trump of disregarding the threat of domestic terrorism and early pandemic cautions, claiming he “ permitted” to white supremacists.
On first early morning of the GOP convention, the Biden project released a list of 27 former GOP legislators, including Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Rep. Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa and Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma.
On day 3 of the GOP Convention, previous Republican Senator and Clinton Defense Secretary Bill Cohen backed Biden, blasting Trump’s “failed management” on coronavirus and calling Biden “a leader with optimism and competence who offers us hope.”
On the final day of the convention, groups of over 100 McCain 2008 and 30 Romney 2012 campaign staffers backed Biden, in addition to a group of nearly two dozen George W. Bush project and administration staffers.
A group of 100 popular Republicans and independents, consisting of Todd Whitman, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Massachusetts Gov. Expense Weld, launched a group to campaign, run advertisements and pen viewpoint pieces on Biden’s behalf.
A group of 107 previous state chief law officers who backed Biden for his “commitment to get rid of abuses of power” and belief in “common sense police” includes six Republicans; Greg Zoeller of Indiana, Mark Shurtleff of Utah, Jim Jones of Idaho, Doug Baily of Alaska, Jeff Amestoy of Vermont and Jeff Pine of Rhode Island.
Olivia Troye, a previous Pence aide and White Home coronavirus job force member, accused Trump of “flat-out disregard for human life” in his coronavirus reaction and comprehensive a hostile work environment within the coronavirus job force that saw aides punished for adhering to science at the expense of the White House’s political benefit.
Previous Pennsylvania Gov. and Bush Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge backed Biden in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, comparing Trump’s coronavirus response to Bush’s 9/11 reaction and stating of Trump, “It is not within him. He lacks the compassion, integrity, intelligence and maturity to lead.”
Retired Adm. William McRaven, the previous commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, endorsed Biden in a Wall Street Journal op-ed cautioning the U.S. will “pay the highest cost for our neglect and shortsightedness” if it fails to “choose the right leader.”
Former RNC Chair and Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele backed Biden after signing on with The Lincoln Task, an anti-Trump Republican PAC, calling Biden a “good male” and a “trendsetter” while asserting Trump would “plunge our country into turmoil.”
In the last stretch of the project, Biden won the support of five legal representatives from the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and Mike Fasano, a Republican former majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives who called himself a “Biden Republican,” and former Commerce Sec. Carlos Gutierrez, who served under George W. Bush.
20 former U.S. Lawyers under Republican presidents going back to Dwight Eisenhower– consisting of Donald Ayer, who served as U.S. Lawyer for the District of Nevada under George H.W. Bush– gave Biden their “strongest endorsement” in October, declaring Trump has actually “politicized the Justice Department.”
Nebraska State Sen. John McCollister became one of the few sitting Republican officials to publicly back Biden in October, telling the Lincoln Journal Star Biden would be “a genuine president” and “not the disaster” currently operating in the White House.
The day prior to the election, Ryan Mahoney, who served as the Republican National Committee’s communications director as just recently as 2019, tweeted, “Proud to vote nation over celebration Proud to elect @JoeBiden.”
Two other previous RNC interactions directors, Trevor Francis, who served in the function in 2009, and Lisa Miller, who served in 2007, and informed The Hill on Monday that they elected Biden.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott became the highest ranking sitting Republican official to openly back Biden on election day, telling reporters he “put nation over celebration,” adding “It’s been a little bit of a struggle for me, but I ended up voting for Joe Biden.”
Numerous Republican media figures, campaign strategists and government authorities have even organized PACs devoted to supporting Biden, such as Republican Citizens Against Trump and, most just recently, 43 Alumni for Biden The most notable among them is the Lincoln Task, whose scathing attack ads on Trump have caught the hearts of anti-Trump resistance-minded Democrats.
” You understand, I’m not asking all these Republican politicians- I do not even know half of ’em they’re endorsing me,” Biden informed WPXI, a regional news affiliate in Pittsburgh. “Have you ever seen more Republicans back a Democratic opposition? Of their stature? Not just the Colin Powells. But 76 nationwide security advisors coming out, I do not even know them.”
The last living former Republican president, George W. Bush, has actually stated he won’t back Trump. Nor will his brother Jeb Bush, the previous governor of Florida who was mercilessly ridiculed by Trump when they defended the GOP nomination in2016 Trump’s previous Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and previous Chief of Personnel and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly have actually both revealed opposition to Trump as well, with Mattis calling him “the very first president in my life time who does not try to unify the American people– does not even pretend to try” and Kelly stating he wished “we had some additional choices.” Other ex-Trump officials have actually spoken up against him as well, including Homeland Security consultant Tom Bossert, communications staffer Omarosa Manigault, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security advisor John Bolton
5. That’s how many sitting Republican senators are weighing ballot against Trump, according to Sen. Chris Coons(D-Del.). Sen. Mitt Romney(R-Utah) has stated he will not elect Trump and might write-in his other half, while Sen. Lisa Murkowski(R-Alaska) stated she is “having a hard time” with the choice. Rep. Francis Rooney(R-Fla.) has also said he will not choose Trump and is thinking about an elect Biden.
This article formerly misidentified former U.S. Attorney Donald Ayer. It has actually been corrected.