In 2016, only top Republicans took a stand against Donald Trump’s nomination for president: they thought Trump was unlikely to win and there was no clear conservative management program. The 2020 presidential campaign is distinguished by the fact that the current president is opposed by the whole party. For many, this means jeopardizing political priorities and anger Trump.
The political balance of power in the United States on the eve of the presidential race 2020 is discussed in an article in The Washington Post.
An increasing number of prominent Republicans are discussing how far the confrontation can go, that they may not even re-elect Trump, or even vote for Joseph Biden, the Democratic candidate.
The situation escalated after Trump’s harsh reaction to protests against racial discrimination and police brutality, while the country was the third epicenter in the world for the spread of coronavirus.
Some representatives of the Republican Party confirmed the publication of their concerns on condition of anonymity.
Former President George W. Bush will not support Trump’s re-election, and is unsure of the support of incumbent President Jeb Bush, people from his close circle say.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney also doubts who to cast his vote for on November 3.
Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, will almost certainly support Mr. Biden, but she’s not sure how publicly she can talk about it, as one of her sons intends to run for office.
None of the above politicians voted for Trump in 2016, but the position of prominent Republicans carries weight when the future of the incumbent president and his common agenda with Senate leaders are at stake.
Former Republican leaders, such as former speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boner, did not tell who they would support in the election, and some Republicans who did not support Trump were weighing whether it was worth openly declaring Biden’s support.
Retired military leaders who defend their private political views are increasingly expressing concern about the president’s leadership, but are unsure whether to support his adversary.
Biden himself, trying to enlist the support of all parties, intends to deploy his coalition “Republicans for Biden” at the last stages of the campaign, after the democrats have completely consolidated.
Trump’s public expressions against the demonstrations, calls for the “dominance” of security officials over people convinced some Republican leaders that they could no longer be silent.
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis erupted in strong criticism of Trump, as did Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, which intensified discussions in the party about whether Trump was suitable for the position.
“This fall, the time has come for a new leadership in this country — republican, democratic, or independent,” said William MacRave, a retired admiral for the navy who led the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
“President Trump has shown that he does not have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”
Admiral McRaven said Trump did not pass the leadership test.
“Since we were fighting the coronavirus epidemic and the terrible acts of racism and injustice, this president did not show any of the leadership qualities,” said Admiral McRaven.
Trump’s victory in the 2016 elections came despite criticism from some Republicans and retired military officers who refused to support him.
Trump is also criticized by staunch supporters such as Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, Ted Cruz, and Lindsay Graham.
Today’s polls show that ordinary Republicans do not support the presidents and some of them join the “independent” group.
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, who both served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush, also still refuse to declare their intentions.
John Kelly, a former Trump chief of staff and a retired Marine Corps general, did not say who he would vote for, although he allowed himself to be informed that “we have a few additional options.”
And yet, individually, they cannot affect many voices – especially during deep polarization. But their collective opposition or even loud silence can become a resolution strategy to reduce party loyalty.