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Generally speaking, Republicans vote for Republicans and Democrats vote for Democrats.  It has always been that way and nothing that has happened in this year’s contest will change that general trend in the future.  However, this election is different.   With about 6 weeks to go before the November election, there are rumblings from a large number of significant Republicans.  The bottom line is, a great number of them refuse to back Donald Trump.

There is no way one can downplay the significance of the Republican exodus from Donald Trump.  There is no other way to describe the reasons for this other than the fact that those who are not supporting Trump, see him for who he is and realize that he is the least qualified candidate.  They tend to think he is dangerous. They doubt his capability.   They tend to think he doesn’t support their Conservative ideology.  They tend to think a Trump Presidency would be a disaster at home and abroad.  In a nutshell, they think he is bad news for their political party and are willing to risk their reputation within the party by refusing to vote for him just because he is a Republican.  Here is an incomplete list along with some of the comments they made.

Richard Hanna – Current member of Congress (Called Trump a National Embarrassment)

George H.W. Bush – Former President of the United States

Henry Paulson – Former Treasury Secretary (Bush)

Carlos Gutierrez – Former Commerce Secretary (Bush)

Louis Sullivan –health and human services secretary(Bush) (“I detest Donald Trump”)

Rosario Marin – U.S. Treasurer (Bush) (I will stand against a tyrannical Presidency)

John Negroponte – Director of National Intelligence

Richard Armitage – Deputy Secretary of State (Bush) (Doesn’t appear to be a Republican)

Brent Scowcroft-Advisor to 3 Republican Presidents (Doesn’t have judgement and knowledge required)

James Clade – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (There is no choice)

Richard Painter-Chief White House Ethics Lawyer (Hillary Clinton is the only qualified major party candidate)

William Reilly – Environmental Protection Agency

Allen Steinberg – Regional EPA Administrator

9 Other Bush Administration Officials

Frank Lavin – Reagan Administration Political Director (Donald Trump deserves to lose)

Doug Elmets – Former Reagan Spokesman (Can’t live one day with Donald Trump as President)

Jim Cicconi – Former Reagan and Bush Aide (he would set our nation on a very dark path)

Charles Fried – Former Solicitor General (brutal, substantially incoherent and authoritarian tendencies)

Robert Kagan – Advisor to both McCain and Romney

Max Boot – Council on Foreign Relations (Hillary is vastly more preferable than Trump)(the more he talks the more obvious he makes it that he is totally unfit to be commander in chief.)

Peter Mansoor – Former Aide to CIA Director David Petraeus (First Democratic President I will ever vote for)

Meg Whitman – Former Hewlitt-Packard Chief Executive (His demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.)

Chris Shays – Former Congressman – (There is a time when you put your country first)

Mark Salter – Former McCain Advisor (Whatever Hillary Clinton’s fault, she is not ignorant, hateful, or a nut!  He possesses the emotional maturity of a 6-year old)

Sally Bradshaw – Former Jeb Bush Advisor (I can’t look my children in the eye and say I voted for Donald Trump)

Mike Treiser – Former Mitt Romney Aide (In the face of hatred, bigotry, violence, and small-mindedness, this time I am with her)

Colin Powell – Former Secretary of State (Donald Trump is a National disgrace who is in the process of destroying himself)

Harry Sloan – Major Republican donor  (Does not embody the values that make me a life-long Republican)

Frank Lavin-Former White House Political Director (The bankruptcies reflect a man who either lacks reasonable business judgement or lacks business ethics)

Tony Fratto – Former Deputy Press Secretary (Bush) (is not fit for office)

Mitt Romney – Former Republican Nominee For President (I wanted my grand kids to see, that I simply could not ignore what Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and a temperament unfit for the leader of the free world.) 

Karl Rove – Former Bush Political Director(a complete idiot who is graceless and divisive)

Susan Collins – Senator from Maine (I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel  comments and his inability to admit error or apologize)

Lindsay Graham – Senator from South Carolina (If anybody is looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it. There will come a time when love of country will trump hatred of Hillary)

George Shultz – Secretary of State (Reagan) (God help us!)

Paul Wolfowitz – Deputy Secretary of Defense (Bush) (The only way you can be comfortable about Trump’s foreign policy is to believe that he doesn’t really mean anything he says)

Robert Gates – Former Secretary of State and head of the CIA (Trump is beyond repair and unfit to be commander in chief)

Donald Gregg – National Security Advisor (Bush) (Dangerous, doesn’t understand the complex world we live in, and is without any moral or international philosophy)

Erick Erickson – national conservative radio host (I will put my country before my party, and decline to help the voters in this country commit national suicide)

John Warner – Former 5-term Senator from Virginia – announcing endorsement on 9/28/16 (Comments to follow)

There are literally hundreds more that I could have included in this post.  Neither you or I have the time to include them all and read all of their comments.  That being said, the Republican exodus from Donald Trump sends a clear message to the electorate.    The real question that will be determined in November is whether or not the electorate is listening.

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