Several high-profile Republicans aren’t aboard the Trump Train, admitting they’re either not voting for President Donald Trump or, in some cases, actively supporting the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Meet all of the prominent Never Trumpers and RINOs we found who OPPOSE conservative judges, business-friendly regulations, and low taxes all to spite Trump!
George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush isn’t voting for Trump. The otherwise conservative president has never been a fan of Trump’s personality, not that anything justifies abandoning the GOP in the face of a socialist insurgency!
Senator Romney (R-UT) has been a thorn in Trump’s side since before his election to the Senate. Trump, never content to take slights lying down, has repeatedly mentioned Romney’s failed presidential campaign against former President Barack Obama.
Romney is deliberating whether or not to write in his wife’s name on his ballot as he did in 2016.
The wife of the late Senator John McCain is almost certainly voting for Joe Biden. The McCains have an acrimonious relationship with President Trump, to say the least after he criticized John for being taken prisoner in Vietnam.
It’s unsure if Cindy will publicly come out in support of Biden since one of her sons is considering running for office.
Powell, a retired four-star general and George W. Bush’s longtime secretary of state still claims to be a Republican. He isn’t voting for President Trump — to no one’s surprise since he hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004. If John McCain and Mitt Romney were too conservative for Powell, you better believe that Donald Trump is as well!
Former Ohio Governor John Kasich passed on supporting Trump in 2016, writing in John McCain’s name on his ballot instead. Most of Trump’s primary challengers weren’t thrilled about his candidacy in 2016, but Kasich is one of the few that hasn’t come around. For now, it appears, he’s a man without a party, telling The Atlantic that he won’t vote for Trump in November, but Democrats haven’t won him over — yet.
Baker is the Republican governor of Massachusetts. He voted in this year’s GOP presidential primary. While he made clear that he didn’t cast his ballot for President Trump, he wouldn’t confirm rumors that he voted for his mentor and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R).
Though Baker said he wasn’t going to address presidential politics after stepping out of the voting booth, he subsequently made his position crystal clear to reporters, “I said before that I didn’t vote for President Trump last time and said I wasn’t gonna vote for him this time either.”
Nebraska’s junior senator confusingly told National Review that he wouldn’t endorse President Trump’s reelection, but he will be supporting the Republican ticket. Instead, Sasse is focusing on his campaign and that of Omaha’s congressional representative Congressman Don Bacon (R), who’s running against an “actual socialist.”
Vermont’s sitting Republican governor removed all doubt about his opinion of President Trump when he lavished praise on Senator Mitt Romney for voting to remove Trump from office.
Scott claimed that Democrats proved Trump is guilty of abusing power and that he “should not be in office.”
Maybe: Paul Ryan
Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has not revealed who he’s voting for in November. It’s unsure if Ryan will vote for someone else and risk the ire of President Trump, but, unlike current officeholders, Ryan doesn’t have to worry about his political future.
Maybe: Jeb Bush
Ex-Florida governor and failed presidential candidate Jeb! Bush famously didn’t get along with President Trump during the abrasive 2016 primary campaign. For that matter, neither did Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, although they have since become dependable allies of the president.
For the record, Jeb! isn’t officially sure who he’s voting for, and neither he nor his older brother George has come out in favor of Joe Biden. It’s unlikely they’d do so regardless. George P. Bush, Jeb’s eldest son — and Texas land commissioner — recently penned a column in the Dallas Morning News enthusiastically endorsing Trump’s reelection.
The elder Bushes know that if George P. Bush wants to run for higher office, their voting for Biden could be a liability in a Republican Primary.
Maybe: John Kelly
Retired general and Trump’s chief of staff for two years, John Kelly has not said who he would vote for, but admitted that he wished “we had some additional choices.”
Kelly and Trump’s patience with each other wore thin towards the end of the famous Marine’s tenure. They’ve sparred multiple times following Kelly’s departure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.