The New York Times –
Vote for Trump? These Republican Leaders Aren’t on the Bandwagon.
June 7, 2020
WASHINGTON — It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans to take a stand against Donald J. Trump for president: He wasn’t likely to win anyway, the thinking went, and there was no ongoing conservative governing agenda that would be endangered.
Laura Bush, George W. Bush are posing for a picture: Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, in October. He will not support President Trump’s re-election.
The 2020 campaign is different: Opposing the sitting president of your own party means putting policy priorities at risk, in this case appointing conservative judges, sustaining business-friendly regulations and cutting taxes — as well as incurring the volcanic wrath of Mr. Trump.
(We knew long ago that Bush II/spouse would not be voting for a Republican candidate since he crossed the river of no return when Bush I performed a throat cut directed to candidate Trump at a Houston, TX, debate. When Bush I’s wife stated that Bill Clinton was her son in another life, wouldn’t that tell you all you need to know – they became RIINO’s; and, now they are full fledged Democrats, after the whole family, except one, voted for Hillary in 2016 – certainly, no loss – just clearing the air of the pollution.)
But, far sooner than they expected, growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won’t back his re-election — or might even vote for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee. They’re feeling a fresh urgency because of Mr. Trump’s incendiary response to the protests of police brutality, atop his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
(The reason for the Biden vote from these people is they are full of the corruption from and prior to Obama’s presidency and are supported by the Saudi’s money. The blue state governors and mayors failed their own people – Democrats – by not accepting President Trump’s help on purpose to allow the destruction.)
Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eyeing a run for office.
(Hope McCain’s son is not running as a Republican. Romney accepted Prez Trump’s support for his senator’s job and then ran to the Democrat’s side which doesn’t surprise me because of his many coat of colors and his Ukraine scandal involvement. And Cindy McCain, why would she vote for a Republican since her husband served as a RINO [and delivered the Trump dossier/traitor to the FBI] and she is a Democrat from the start.
None of them voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but the reproach of big Republican names carries a different weight when an incumbent president and his shared agenda with Senate leaders are on the line.
Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner won’t say how they will vote, and some Republicans who are already disinclined to support Mr. Trump are weighing whether to go beyond backing a third-party contender to openly endorse Mr. Biden. Retired military leaders, who have guarded their private political views, are increasingly voicing their unease about the president’s leadership but are unsure whether to embrace his opponent.
(Ryan and Boehner are Democrats posing as Republicans. They both rubbed noses with Obama and held back bills to enable Obama to hurt the country. They were both paid off by lobbyists by sponsoring bills the Democrats wanted. Now Boehner is selling medical cannabis. He was against it and now is for it to make money.)
Mr. Biden himself, while eager to win support across party lines, intends to roll out his “Republicans for Biden” coalition later in the campaign, after fully consolidating his own party, according to Democrats familiar with the campaign’s planning.
(Republicans for Biden are called radical right or call themselves “ELITE” which stands for ESPECIALLY-LIGHT Republicans stained with the Soros money.
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has said she is “struggling” with the decision of whether to vote for Mr. Trump.© Al Drago for The New York TimesSenator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has said she is “struggling” with the decision of whether to vote for Mr. Trump.
(Murkowski is a RINO and is so far left she doesn’t even know what side the sun rises. In her re-election we have to do a better job of identifying a REAL conservative who runs against her since her resume’ is tainted with “Democrat votes.)
The public expressions of opposition to Mr. Trump from parts of the Republican and military establishment have accelerated in recent days over his repeated calls for protesters to be physically constrained, “dominated,” as he put it, and his administration’s order to forcefully clear the streets outside the White House so he could walk out for a photo opportunity. His conduct has convinced some leaders that they can no longer remain silent.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s blistering criticism of Mr. Trump and the admission this week by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska that she is “struggling” with whether to vote for the sitting president of her own party have intensified the soul-searching taking place, forcing a number of officials to reckon with an act that they have long avoided: stating out loud that Mr. Trump is unfit for office.
(Mattis’ was fired by Obama and was ousted by Prez Trump since he slow-walked orders and never brought home the bacon. The military story is strong in that Obama removed all of the conservatives [officers/soldiers] built a military to tow his line of ideology – whereby bringing people in who were not citizens which included czars/muslims and removed the Christian religion from the military.)
“This fall, it’s time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat or independent,” said William H. McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “President Trump has shown he doesn’t have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”
(McRaven’s comments tells me that he is on the side of Obama’s terrorist Democrats. Any military person who would speak against the President at this moment in time with the coup continuing against the U.S. – tells me he is mad that the President is taking the U.S. out of being the Police Dept for the whole world and likes spending taxpayer money for wars instead of taking care of the U.S. Plus, I know what the Constitution states about soldiers being used in the U.S. versus foreign countries; but, Democrat presidents in the past have done just what the President did by slowing down the rioting and terrorizing of this country by injecting troops. McRaven’s words are just convenient to make people think no other President has injected troops in riots before. He is a typical Democrat – they can do this but President Trump can’t. HO HUM!)
Admiral McRaven, in an interview on the 76th anniversary of D-Day, noted that those wartime leaders inspired Americans with “their words, their actions and their humanity.”
In contrast, he said, Mr. Trump has failed his leadership test. “As we have struggled with the Covid pandemic and horrible acts of racism and injustice, this president has shown none of those qualities,” Admiral McRaven said. “The country needs to move forward without him at the helm.”
(No, President Trump saved our country from the likes of him (Hillary Clinton ideology – the student of Sal Alinsky. McRaven is part of the coup and has failed his leadership test by indulging in “skulduggery” – underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery.
Mr. Trump won election in 2016, of course, in spite of a parade of Republicans and retired military officers who refused to support him. Far more current G.O.P. elected officials are publicly backing Mr. Trump than did four years ago. Among his unwavering supporters are Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and past foes like Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. And polls today indicate that rank-and-file Republicans are squarely behind the president, although that is in part because some Republicans who can’t abide Mr. Trump now align with independents.
Yet it would be a sharp rebuke for former Trump administration officials and well-known Republicans to buck their own standard-bearer. Individually, they may not sway many votes — particularly at a time of deep polarization. But their collective opposition, or even resounding silence, could offer something of a permission structure for Trump-skeptical Republicans to put party loyalty aside.
John Kelly, Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff and a retired Marine general, would not say whom he would vote for, though he did allow that he wished “we had some additional choices.”
(President Trump hired a number of people in his White House as any executive would do by dealing with them directly to test their competence – many in the intelligence bureau where all of the rampant corruption occurred. In the end, he has found out the true competence of many who were part of the coup. Was McRaven a part of the coup?)
Dan Coats, the former Republican senator who was Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, “has been concerned about the negative effect on the intelligence community by the turmoil of turnover at D.N.I.,” said Kevin Kellems, a longtime adviser to Mr. Coats, adding that the former spy chief is “encouraged by the confirmation of a new D.N.I. and career intelligence deputy.”
As for whom Mr. Coats will vote for, “ultimately he remains a loyal Republican but he believes the American people will decide on Nov. 3,” said Mr. Kellems.
(Was Coats a part of the Obama coup which is still going on?)
Joseph Maguire, a retired three-star admiral who served as Mr. Trump’s acting intelligence chief, invoked the comments of Mr. Mattis and two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also criticized the president this week.
“Jim Mattis, Mike Mullen and Marty Dempsey are all good friends, and I respect them tremendously,” Admiral Maguire said in an interview. “I am in alignment with their views.”
(We have to understand, any person who is still in the Military had to toe Obama’s line in the sand as far as his ideology which is Islam and has to stick with the Democrat’s coup until all of the AG Barr investigations are completed and reported.)
Asked who Mr. Boehner and Mr. Ryan will vote for in November, representatives to both former House speakers declined to say.
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, who both served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, have also so far declined to state their intentions.
(Why would Bushy Powell vote for President Trump when he voted for Billary in 2016. I would guess Rice would vote for Biden because her sister Susan Rice is in hot water since she was part of the coup.)
A number of current G.O.P. lawmakers and governors are also wrestling with what to do — and what to say — as they balance conscience, ideology and the risk to themselves and their constituents that comes from confronting President Trump.
(We have a lot of cowards who won’t stand up against the Obama/Pelosi Democrat’s ideology which is Islam and they are running scared because they don’t know which side will fall victim to the investigation.)
Representative Francis Rooney of Florida has donated millions of dollars to Republican candidates over the years, served as President Bush’s ambassador to the Vatican and hasn’t voted for a Democrat in decades.
But Mr. Rooney said he is considering supporting Mr. Biden in part because Mr. Trump is “driving us all crazy” and his handling of the virus led to a death toll that “didn’t have to happen.”
(No, Mr. Rooney, it isn’t President Trump driving you crazy, it is the Democrats/Obama/Pelosi coup and all of you don’t have enough guts to stand up for the people who elected you and the Constitution.)
Mr. Rooney is not seeking re-election, so is not worried about future electoral prospects. He said his hesitation with Mr. Biden owes to uncertainty about whether left-wing Democrats would pull the former vice president out of the political mainstream.
“What he’s always been is not scary,” said Mr. Rooney. “A lot of people that voted for President Trump did so because they did not like Hillary Clinton. I don’t see that happening with Joe Biden — how can you not like Joe Biden?”
Mr. Rooney has been gently lobbied by one of Mr. Biden’s closest allies in Congress: Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who has effectively become the former vice president’s emissary to current and recent Republican lawmakers.
(Rooney will end up being the traitor because Coons is part of the Coup. If AG Barr does right by following the Constitution – the whole Democratic Party – from Obama down will be going to jail. But, if he is like a scared Republican and scared of the Democrats/Pelosi/Obama – a community organizer, considered a black man but half white – who has committed a coup and crimes against our country – the country and all of its people will result in a failed country.)
Mr. Coons said a number of G.O.P. senators, regardless of their public comments, would ultimately not pull the lever for Mr. Trump in the privacy of the ballot booth.
“I’ve had five conversations with senators who tell me they are really struggling with supporting Trump,” said Mr. Coons, who declined to give names.
(Coons is a lying Democrat – who is trying to sway votes. Again, he is part of the crime committed – the coup.)
Indeed, one Republican senator, who is publicly supporting the president, said in an interview that he might prefer a Biden victory if the G.O.P. managed to preserve its Senate majority. This lawmaker, like a number of Republicans, is uneasy with Mr. Trump’s behavior and weary from the near-weekly barrage of questions from reporters about the latest presidential eruption.
(Any Republican who supports Biden is a part of the crime committed by the Democrat coup. If that is true, then we all need to close the shop which is the government. Because we don’t have a government. They are all part of the un-elected One World Order which is not a government but a bunch of thugs.
As former Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a moderate Democrat who was friends with a number of her former Republican colleagues, put it: “It’s easier to count the ones who are definitely voting for Trump.”
(Remember McCaskill who was going to vote for Billary and then switched sides and voted for Obama. Wonder if Billary has forgiven her?)
Among the anti-Trump Republicans now out of office, recent events have only vindicated their sense of alarm — and nudged them toward embracing Mr. Biden.
“For people who were long waiting for that pivot, the last week has shown, if anything, he’s dug in and not even making an attempt to appeal to anybody outside his hard base,” said former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is close to Mr. Coons and in conversation with him about how and when to formalize his support for Mr. Biden.
(Every Republican knows about Flake – he is a RINO from top to bottom and in his next re-election we need to hire a real conservative because he is part of the Obama coup.)
Former Representative Mark Sanford, who briefly challenged the president in the Republican primary, said last year that he’d support the president if he won the nomination.
But now Mr. Sanford believes Mr. Trump is threatening the stability of the country. “He’s treading on very thin ice,” said Mr. Sanford, also a former South Carolina governor, who is engaged in frequent conversations with other Republicans about how to proceed.
There are already a number of Republican groups dedicated to defeating Mr. Trump, and former lawmakers, strategists and policymakers who are plotting what and when to say about the election.
“There is an organized effort about how to make our voices useful in 2020,” said Kori Schake, who worked at the National Security Council and State Department under President George W. Bush and was an editor with Mr. Mattis of the book “Warriors and Citizens,” about the civil-military divide.
She said a number of officials who worked for both Presidents Bush and Reagan, many of whom signed a 2016 letter opposing Mr. Trump, were on Zoom chats and group emails trying to determine how to express their opposition and whether it should come with an endorsement for Mr. Biden. The effort to gather more anti-Trump Republicans to speak out is being spearheaded by John B. Bellinger III, who also worked in George W. Bush’s N.S.C. and State Department.
Some Republicans believe Mr. Mattis made their task easier.
“It laid the cornerstone of fighting back against Trump,” said former Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, who noted that as Navy secretary he once served as “boss” to Mr. Mattis, then a youthful Marine officer. “He said: ‘I can judge the man.’”
Yet neither Mr. Mattis, nor any other former Trump official, is likely to be able to prod Mr. Bush to publicly state his opposition. Freddy Ford, a spokesman for Mr. Bush, said the former president would stay out of the election and speak only on policy issues, as he did this week in stating that the country must “examine our tragic failures” on race.
Notably, though, while the former president, whom Mr. Trump has never reached out to while in office, may be withdrawn from presidential politics, he is not totally disengaged from campaigns: he has raised money for a handful of Republican senators, including John Cornyn of Texas, Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado.
Mr. Romney this week lavished praise on Mr. Mattis but stayed mum about who he would actually support for president.
(Romney is an a$$hole and that is a given. Nothing else needs to be said since it has been said in the past. He is a user of people.)
As for Mrs. McCain, she has sought to stay out of partisan politics. “Picking a fight with Trump is no fun,” said Rick Davis, a longtime McCain adviser who’s close to the family.
But, Mr. Davis, alluding to Mr. Biden, said: “You know where her heart is. Whether she articulates that or not is still an open question.”
(Yes, the Mrs. has had her own problems. She is a concrete Democratic for sure. Politics is not a fun game.)
But anyone voting for any Democrat in 2020 is asking more of the same which is Obama’s ideology with Black Lives Matter and Antifa (Farakhan). We have to be sensible in that we tried allowing Obama with Biden as the side kick and look what we ended with – a broken country because his cause was to destroy the whole country. What did he do for the blacks – nothing – he brought the enemy into the U.S. and the rest of the world. He could have done more for the blacks.
Now we have white people and Senator Kaine who want to elect Biden (and if you look at the road map) and give him the controls again to finish us off? Biden’s mind is not qualified for the job.
If you listen to the following, he is warning us. We must listen by what has happened in the Democrat states during the coronavirus/riots – they aren’t qualified. They are now blaming the President for the failure of the blue states to protect the people :
Read the history of Africa and leadership of the country.