According to Robert Kennedy’s daughter, former President George H.W. Bush will be voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton instead of his party’s candidate on Election Day in November. While Donald Trump has turned away minority and liberal voters with his extreme views and hateful rhetoric, the GOP continues to fall apart at the seams losing yet another big name to Clinton.
For a staunch Republican president such as President Bush to jump ship and vote for the Democratic side of the coin seems shocking. But in many ways, if the vote boils down to a vote for the lesser of two evils, Clinton takes the cake.
Politico reported on Monday that Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend posted a photograph of herself with the 41st president on Facebook along with the caption, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
A spokesperson for Bush, Sr., 92, has not yet confirmed Townsend’s claim that Bush will indeed vote for Clinton, according to CNN. But, considering the close friendship that the Bush and Clinton dynasties have shared, the prospect of Bush voting for her isn’t all too surprising, given that his grandson Jeb Bush didn’t make it to the candidacy.
Bush, Sr. will be joining the ranks of other many renowned Republican politicians who’ve vowed to vote for Clinton. The thought of a Trump presidency is just that off-putting for established government leaders, who would rather place their faith in Clinton than trust Trump as Commander-in-Chief.
Among top Republican officials who have controversially decided to cross the party line this election are James Glassman, Carlos Gutierrez, Henry Paulson, Richmond Armitage, and Brent Snowcroft — all whom were staffers of President George W. Bush.
Glassman said, “Clinton is by far the superior candidate” and described that “millions of Republicans” will be voting for her despite previous loyalty to the GOP.
At least 60 of Clinton’s mega-donors also gave to Jeb’s campaign, The Daily Beast reported. In the report, some of the donors explained that personal connections led them to donate to both Republican and Democratic campaigns, while others are in pursuit of what would be best for their businesses.
David Stevens, the CEO of a real estate lobbying group, explained to The Daily Beast that he donated to both Clinton and Bush because their policies are more “centered” than the extremeness of Trump’s policies.
He said, “I want to focus on candidates who best represent issues of housing and issues important to me and are not extreme, especially on the social issues that are important to me.”
Jim McGrath, speaking on behalf of Bush, Sr., maintained the former President’s privacy regarding Townshend’s Facebook announcement. He told CNN, “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
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