Which High Profile Republicans are Voting for Hillary Clinton in Order to Save America? (updated 10/8/16)

GOP Now Asking Donald Trump to Quit the 2016 Presidential Race

This is my attempt to catalog those high profile GOP operatives who have publicly chosen NOT to vote for Donald Trump. They are doing it in several of the ways listed below. Keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list, which is telling in itself.

Never Trump


The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is the Strangest Ever!

  1. Not Voting, thereby deny Trump a vote,
  2. Remaining GOP but voting FOR Hillary Clinton, thereby switching a vote from Trump to Hillary,
  3. Leaving the GOP and becoming an independent and then voting for Hillary (same effect as #2), or
  4. Leaving the GOP to become a Democrat and voting for Hillary Clinton (same effect as #2). In each case, the purpose is to deny Donald Trump the presidency which all of them strongly feel will do irreparable harm to the United States of America.

The GOP's Reluctant Choice


The GOP Establishment Who Are Putting Country Above Party

The following is a list of personages I have been able to find through various news reports who have come out publicly against Donald Trump and, in one form or another, will deny him a vote. These are high profile Party operatives who many other GOP members respect and follow. This is what makes their choice to put Country over Party so powerful because it will lead orders of magnitude more Republicans (and probably Independents as well) beyond their one humble vote to follow their lead and either not vote or actually vote for Hillary Clinton

Elected Officials

  • PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH announced to 40+ people at a function that he IS going to vote for Hillary Clinton! Imagine the consternation in the Republican Party.
  • Senator Liza Murkowski (R-AK) just announced, with less than 30 days to go, that Donald Trump "has forfeited his right to be our Party's nominee"
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ) just unendorsed Donald Trump with less than 30 days to go before the election and urged him to leave the race.
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) just "unendorsed" Donald Trump less than 30 days before the election saying Trump’s repeated actions and comments toward women “disrespectful, profane and demeaning.” Crapo further says “I urge Donald Trump to step aside and allow the Republican party to put forward a conservative candidate like Mike Pence ...'
  • Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) will not vote for Trump or Hillary, some think he might write-in former Secretary of State Collin Powell (I would vote for him if he ran). Kirk, on Oct 7, urged Donald Trump to quit the race.
  • Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) will not vote for Trump or Hillary; maybe libertarian Gary Johnson
  • Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) just unsupported Donald Trump with less than 30 days to go before the election and urged him to leave the race. She will write in Gov Pence's name instead
  • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) just unsupported Donald Trump with less than 30 days to go before the election and urged him to leave the race. He will write in Gov Pence's name instead
  • Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump after the Orlando massacre
  • Senator John Thune (R-SD), the No. 3 Senate Republican and a member of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's inner circle, wants Trump to "withdraw," saying, "Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."
  • Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, writes "There is no reason to believe that either of these two national front-runners believe in limiting anything about DC’s power.". Sasse, on Oct 7, urged Donald Trump to quit the race
  • Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) will not vote for Donald Trump saying “Today, I’m opposed to his campaign ... He did a lot of damage. It’s very difficult for him, as far as I’m concerned, to recover from his previous comments. I’ll give him a chance, but at this point, I have no intentions of voting for him.”
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants his colleagues to to stop endorsing Trump and to rescind them if they already have.
  • Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) just unendorsed Donald Trump with less than 30 days to go before the election and urged him to leave the race.
  • Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) will not vote for Donald Trump but instead will vote for Hillary Clinton
  • Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) along with at least 68 other elected Republican leaders and Party officials signed a letter asking the RNC to stop supporting Trump (which it is considering); another 50 Republicans of all types have also signed. Rigell says he will vote for Gov. Gary Johnson, libertarian.
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said in a statement, "In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton."
  • Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) said in December that he would never support Trump because "He's continued to be, in my opinion, against the civil discourse that I so deeply believe in, that would allow us to have a real live debate on the issues that are important to this country."
  • Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) is another #NeverTrump supporting saying to the The Wall Street Journal, "Not that political views mean anything in this year, but because I believe in constitutionally limited government, his candidacy is one I certainly can’t support."
  • Rep John Chaffetz (R-UT), on Oct 7, suggested Trump quit the 2016 Presidential race after being disgusted by Trump's misogynistic remarks.
  • Rep Martha Roby (R-AL), on Oct 7, suggested Trump quit the 2016 Presidential race after being disgusted by Trump's misogynistic remarks.
  • Gov Robert Bently (R-AL) said on Oct 8 that he "cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump."
  • Gov. William Milliken (R-MI) said Trump does not reflect the “ideals” of“tolerance, civility and equality,” and added that he would be supporting Clinton for the presidency.
  • Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) says about why he won't support Trump, "Why would I feel compelled to support someone whose positions I kind of fundamentally disagree with?"
  • Gov. Arne Carlson (R-MN) will not vote for Donald Trump but will vote for Hillary Clinton
  • Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), defeated 2012 GOP presidential nominee, will not vote for Trump or Clinton, but may vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson
  • Robert Smith, a conservative former New York Supreme Court judge, has dumped Donald Trump for Hillary Clinton

GOP National Security Experts

Even more revealing, are the national security experts who find Donald Trump downright dangerous --and they aren't afraid to say so.

  • USA Today Headline, Aug 8, 2016: 50 Former GOP National Security Officials Slam Trump in Open Letter, -- The policy aides say the Republican presidential nominee’s lack of experience ‘would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.
  • More than 100 foreign policy operatives signed an open letter declaring that Trump’s national security proposals would “make America less safe.” Some of the letter’s signatories have taken the additional step of openly supporting Clinton:
  • Brent Scowcroft, national security advisory to George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford will vote for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump and has said "She brings deep expertise in international affairs and a sophisticated understanding of the world, which I believe are essential for the commander-in-chief,"
  • Richard Armitage - Reagan's deputy secretary of state and assistant secretary of defense to Ronald Reagan and to George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary Clinton
  • Kori Schake, former George W. Bush National Security official, said she is voting for Hillary Clinton.and #NeverTrump
  • Dr. Patrick Cronin, a senior official at USAID during the Bush administration, has said “Only one candidate has thought through America’s challenges, understands policy, has a positive and inclusive vision, is smart about the world in which we live, and is ready to be president, and I intend to vote for her—Hillary Clinton."
  • Ken Adelman, U.S. arms control director under Reagan, thinks that "Yes, I will vote for Clinton, simply because to not vote, or to vote Libertarian, would be a half-vote for Trump."

GOP Political Advisors

It is VERY telling that so many high level political advisers are taking the #NeverTrump position.

  • Frank Levin - former Reagan White House political director who has serviced in every GOP administration since President Reagan; Will Vote For Hillary
  • Sally Bradshaw, former top Jeb Bush adviser, went so far as to leave the Republican Party to become an independent. She will vote for Hillary Clinton IF Donald Trump is too close to winning
  • Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesman, actually spoke at the Democratic convention and asked other Republicans to reject Donald Trump and support Hillary Clinton
  • Jim Cicconi, former Reagan and George H.W. Bush aide believes that a Trump presidency “would set our nation on a very dark path.” and he "Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified and will make a fine president.”
  • 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 suggested this in his denouncement of Donald Trump - "This is how fascism comes to America" ... very strong words indeed
  • Max Boot, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and adviser to GOP presidential candidates has said "I'm literally losing sleep over Donald Trump. She [Clinton] would be vastly preferable to Trump." He also has written "Trump is an ignorant demagogue who traffics in racist and misogynistic slurs and crazy conspiracy theories. He champions protectionism and isolationism — the policies that brought us the Great Depression and World War II. He wants to undertake a police-state roundup of undocumented immigrants and to bar Muslims from coming to this country. He encourages his followers to assault protesters and threatens to sue or smear critics. He would abandon Japan and South Korea and break up the most successful alliance in history — NATO. But he has kind words for tyrants such as Vladimir Putin." Boot will not vote for Trump.
  • Peter Mansoor, retired Army colonel and former aide to David Petraeus said "It will be the first Democratic presidential candidate I’ve voted for in my adult life."
  • Mike Treiser, former Romney staffer, said “In the face of bigotry, hatred, violence, and small-mindedness, this time, I’m with her.”
  • Maria Comella, former spokeswoman for two of Trump's top backers, Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani (a major Trump supporter) will vote for Hillary Clinton calling Trump a “demagogue” who preys on people’s anxieties, plays loose with facts and drums up fear and hatred of the ‘other,’ "
  • Craig Snyder, former chief of staff to then-Republican former senator Arlen Specter (Pa.) and also an ex-colleague of former top Trump adviser Roger Stone and current top Trump adviser Paul Manafort.will vote for Hillary Clinton and as also organized "Republicans for Hillary - 2016" PAC
  • Mark Salter, former top adviser to John McCain, , wrote in an op-ed for RealClear Politics that Donald Trump “... possesses the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old,” and then went on to describe Clinton as, "an adult," who, "understands the responsibilities of an American president."
  • Tony Fratto, former deputy press secretary to President George W. Bush,, told The Hill that Trump “is not fit for office.” he added, “If I was the last vote, if my vote was going to make a difference, I’d prefer to have Hillary Clinton in the White House than Donald Trump.”

GOP Cabinet and Department Officials

Many high-level GOP cabinet secretaries and other staff have abandoned Donald Trump, some of whom are on the Hillary bandwagon.

  • Sec State Condaleezza Rice (G.W. Bush) and former National Security adviser on Oct 8, 2016 has just asked Donald Trump to step down as the GOP nominee saying he is unfit to hold such an important job.
  • Sec Treasury Henry Paulson (G.W. Bush) will vote for Hillary Clinton writing in an op-ed "With Donald Trump as the presumptive presidential nominee, we are witnessing a populist hijacking of one of the United States' great political parties," he also wrote that the billionaire's brand of populism is one "rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism. This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American,"
  • U.S. Solicitor General Charles Fried (Reagan) and current Harvard Law professor has joined the #NeverTrump movement.and says "Trump is the most risky in a string of recent GOP candidates that have forced a choice between party and country"
  • EPA Administrator Alan Steinberg (G. W. Bush): who backed Ted Cruz but now says this in his decision to vote for Hillary Clinton - "She can work with people on the opposite side of the political aisle,"
  • EPA Director William D. Ruckelshaus (Nixon) endorsed Hillary Clinton on Aug 9, 2016
  • EPA Director William K. Reilly (H. W. Bush) endorsed Hillary Clinton on Aug 9, 2016

Major GOP Donors, and Conservative Business Leaders

People who fund and write favorably about GOP candidates are abandoning Trump along with a host of other Republicans

  • Meg Whitman - former CEO of Hewitt-Packard, former candidate for governor of California, and major GOP donor will vote for Clinton
  • Ben Howe, contributing editor at writes this regarding Donald Trump - 'Hillary Clinton Better Than "Having A Maniac In The Oval Office" ' and "The Sociopathic Part Of Him [Trump], I Think, Believes Himself. He Says These Lies And He Also Believes Them"
  • Harry Sloan, a major Republican donor and former MGM CEO said that Trump “does not embody the values that have made me a lifelong Republican.” and "As a businessman, a father, and a conservative it is clear to me that Hillary Clinton is the right choice in this election."
  • Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist, criticized Trump’s anti-immigration proposals and openly backed Clinton stating “[Silicon] Valley wouldn't be here, we wouldn't be doing any of this if we didn't have the amazing flow of immigrants that we've had in the last 80 years. And the idea of choking that off just makes me sick to my stomach,"
  • Hamid Moghadam, CEO of Prologis and an Iranian immigrant, shows Trump's immigration stand is costing him greatly when he said "Our country is about tolerance and inclusion and that's why, as a lifelong Republican supporter, I endorse Hillary Clinton for president in this election."
  • Dan Akerson, former chairman and CEO of General Motors, said of Donald Trump “Serving as the leader of the free world requires effective leadership, sound judgment, a steady hand and most importantly, the temperament to deal with crises large and small. Donald Trump lacks each of these characteristics. Hillary Clinton has the experience and judgment to serve as an effective Commander in Chief,”
  • William Oberndorf, a California-based investor and major Republican donor, told The New York Times that he supports Clinton because he thinks Trump is an unacceptable candidate. Oberndorf has given over $3 million to Republicans since 2012.
  • Mike Fernandez, a billionaire Republican donor, has decided to back Clinton after his preferred candidate Jeb Bush dropped out of the race; he says “I’m choosing Hillary. She’s the lesser of two evils,"

Republican Newspapers

  • Wall Street Journal, a well respected Right-leaning business newspaper, editorial board member laid out the most damning case against Trump AND his supporters by writting "Her election alone is what stands between the American nation and the reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House," Dorothy Rabinowitz, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the newspaper, wrote in an opinion piece.
  • CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, one of Ohio's largest newspapers, who has backed Republican presidential candidates for almost 100 years has decided to back is backing Hillary Clinton!
  • Dallas Morning News as not endorsed a Democrat for 75 years and 20 election cycles; yet this cycle they resoundingly pick Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump (they have paid the price in lost circulation and picketing). They both extolled the virtues of Clinton's experience, while noting they disagree with many policies, and excoriate Trump. They wrote in an editorial:

"Trump's values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.

After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, Clinton is a known quantity. For all her warts, she is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, ..."

The Arizona Republic, a conservative newspaper who has NEVER endorsed a Democrat in 126 years, endorses Hillary Clinton. In response Trump supporters issued death threats and cancellations in protest. They said:

"Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She’s tough. She doesn’t back down. Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads. That’s beneath our national dignity."

What do they know that Trump supporters don't??

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MizBejabbers 2 months ago

Meticulous research and excellent presentation, ME. Hats off to you. This reminds me of a statement that my government professor in college said. He made the statement that the person who claims to vote for the man, not the party, is fooling himself because that person always follows the party line. Not this election, professor, not this election.

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jo miller 2 months ago from Tennessee

I've been a political junkie for a long time, but I've never seen this type of disaffection in a political party. The most that loyal party members in the past have done, with few exceptions, was to keep their distance from a candidate. This is all new, but I think the Republicans have been asking for this for a long time.

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My Esoteric 2 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Lol, Mizbejabbers.

I have a memory of presidential elections, Jo, since the second Eisenhower (just barely); my first clear ones are from Kennedy. I remember Goldwater's (whom I respected but hated his politics) take over of the GOP and lead it to destruction. That is the closest (and it really isn't close, is it) I have ever seen with this degree of discontent.

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bradmasterOCcal 5 days ago from Orange County California

Hillary is either going to die, or go to jail. Maybe Kaine might be president but not Hillary.

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My Esoteric 5 days ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Brad, what are you smoking, I want some.

And what are you going to say when she doesn't do either (since there is only a minuscule probability it will happen of course)

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