BUSH, ROMNEY DUMP TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL REELECTION BID
They are abandoning Donald Trump’s ship. Mara Leighton of Business Insider wrote on June 7, 2020 that former US President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah won't support President Donald Trump's re-election while other GOP officials are considering voting for Joe Biden, according to The New York Times.
Leighton said The Times credits the early fallout to Trump's handling of police brutality protests and a mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic. Some GOP officials have been public about their dilemma while attempting to balance conscience, ideology and risk to themselves and their agenda. Moreover, 280 past and present security and military officials have written a letter condemning Trump’s cowardly use of the military to protect his bunker at the White House.
John Kelly, Trump's former chief of staff and a retired Marine general, wouldn't disclose who had his vote, but he did say that he wished "we had some additional choices," according to The Times. Yet, Kelly urged voters to be very careful in choosing who their President will be on November 3, 2020, a dig at Trump, who is regarded in Washington as worse than an overgrown brat.
Jeb Bush isn't sure how he'll vote, and Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, is almost certain to support Biden but is "unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office." Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner are still tight-lipped about who they'll vote for, and some Republicans are reportedly weighing their options between backing a third-party contender or openly endorsing Biden, risking the ire of Trump. Some say they'd possibly prefer a Biden victory if the GOP managed to preserve its Senate majority.