Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush (L) and Donald Trump talk following the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (AFP
A top adviser to former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has left the GOP, saying she may vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton instead of the GOP nominee, Donald Trump.
Sally Bradshaw, a senior GOP figure, made the announcement in an email to the CNN on Monday, citing the idea that her fellow Republicans are “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,” noted Bradshaw, who also served as Jeb’s chief of staff when he was the governor of Florida and worked for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign.
She asserted that she did not want the policies of President Barack Obama to continue in a Clinton administration; however, she preferred to adopt a practical approach in the 2016 “test.”
“This election cycle is a test,” said Bradshaw (pictured above). “As much as I don’t want another four years of Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump. I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.”
GOP in another direction
Bradshaw is the latest GOPer to disagree with Trump and express readiness to endorse Clinton.
Bush himself has also refused to endorse the New York billionaire along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
“If the race in Florida is close, I will vote for Hillary Clinton,” she said. “That is a very difficult statement for me to make. I disagree with her on several important issues.”
Hank Paulson, Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft are among other George H.W. Bush administration officials open to back the Democratic nominee.
“I’ve been considering the switch for months. Ultimately, I could not abide the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump and his complete lack of principles and conservative philosophy,” Bradshaw said. “I didn’t make this decision lightly. I have worked hard to make our party a place where all would feel welcome. But Trump has taken the GOP in another direction, and too many Republicans are standing by and looking the other way”.