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‘God help us’: The many ways Republican stalwarts word their anti-Trump positions

U.S. Election 2016

The Republican stalwarts who can't vote Trump – and why

Just some of the words used by Republican figures describing why they can’t vote Donald Trump.

Just some of the words used by Republican figures describing why they can’t vote Donald Trump.

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Dozens of senior Republicans are lining up to say they cannot vote for Donald Trump, and more are speaking up after the Trump video controversy. Affan Chowdhry looks at the expanding list of names and reasons

The line of senior Republicans from the last 40 years that has vowed not to back Donald Trump now includes the party's elder statesman, two former presidential candidates and numerous cabinet secretaries, CIA directors, senators, major donors, ambassadors, and members of the current congressional GOP caucus.

In all, they number over 50 people that have served five different Republican White House administrations since the 1970s. When you take into account second-tier Republicans – the senior advisors, campaign managers, and cabinet undersecretaries – the anti-Trump rebellion swells to over a hundred.

The Oct. 7 Trump video controversy is the latest driving factor, sending at least 35 Congressional Republican lawmakers running away from the party's presidential nominee.

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Leading the way is the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan who told his caucus in a conference call on Monday that he would not defend Mr. Trump or campaign with the presidential nominee. Days earlier, Mr. Ryan came out hard against Mr. Trump on the lewd video controversy.

I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow's event in Wisconsin.

In most U.S. presidential cycles, the backing of key Republican lawmakers and luminaries would be a given for the Republican nominee. Instead, in 2016, there is a growing pattern of key figures openly opposing the party's standard-bearer.

And yet, Mr. Trump – defying the laws of presidential politics, as he has done ever since announcing his White House bid more than a year ago – is managing to stay in the game.

Here is a look at the Republican stalwarts of past and present that are part of the anti-Trump movement. The list has been updated since the Trump video controversy. In their own words, they explain why they cannot stomach Trump.


The Presidents

Presidents George H. W. Bush, right, and George W. Bush before the Houston Texans NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Houston in 2009.

Presidents George H. W. Bush, right, and George W. Bush before the Houston Texans NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Houston in 2009.

AP Photo/Dave Einsel

George H.W. Bush: Four year ago, the 41st U.S. president endorsed Mitt Romney. In 2016, it is a different story, as his spokesperson pointed out in May.

At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.

But a member of the Kennedy clan claims that she met Mr. Bush, 92, in Maine on Sept. 19 and that Mr. Bush said he would vote for a Democrat in November, according to Politico. Mr. Bush's spokesperson has not yet confirmed the report.

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Supporting: Hillary Clinton

George W. Bush: The 43rd U.S. president, who campaigned for his brother in South Carolina earlier this year, appeared to refer to the real estate billionaire without ever naming him.

These are tough times, and I understand that Americans are angry and frustrated, but we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration.

After his brother dropped out, Mr. Bush committed to not participating or commenting on the presidential election.

Supporting: Undecided


Republican luminaries

Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2015 film Terminator Genisys.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2015 film Terminator Genisys.

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Arnold Scwharzenegger: The Hollywood actor, former California governor, and long-time Republican said the day after the Trump video controversy that he would not vote Republican for the first time since becoming a citizen in 1983.

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But as proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold about all else: American. So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party, it is your duty.

Supporting: Undecided.

Mitt Romney: The former 2008 and 2012 presidential candidate has called Mr. Trump "a phony, a fraud." In June, he doubled-down on his anti-Trump campaign in a CNN interview.

Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.

Supporting: Undecided

John McCain: The 2008 Republican presidential nominee and U.S. senator came out against Mr. Trump after the release of the Trump video.

There are no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments in the just released video; no woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences.

Supporting: "We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be President," he said.

Barbara Bush: The former first lady is not one to mince words. While her husband promises to keep a vow of silence and abstain from commenting on Mr. Trump, Ms. Bush is already on record during a CBS interview in February.

I mean, unbelievable. I don't know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about [Fox News host] Megyn Kelly, it's terrible.

Supporting: Undecided

Mark Racicot: former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chairman (2001-2003) in an interview with Bloomberg TV in August.

There's no exhibition of any kind of characteristics that go in to decision making at a presidential level that suggest to you that even if you disagree, that there is a sound basis in fact and in good sense and in honest judgement – and I find none of those things present and available with Mr. Trump.

Supporting: Undecided

The Harvard Republicans Club: In an August Facebook post, the 128-year-old club explained why it would not back the Republican nominee for the first time in its history.

Millions of people across the country are feeling despondent. Their hours have been cut, wages slashed, jobs even shipped overseas. But Donald Trump doesn't have a plan to fix that. He has a plan to exploit that.

Supporting: Undecided

Christine Todd Whitman: two-time New Jersey governor speaking to MSNBC in June.

I've got six grandsons, and a grand-daughter on the way – finally. And I want them to grow up in a world that is stable and secure and has a strong and prosperous United States, and I don't see Donald Trump bringing us that.

Supporting: Undecided

Meg Whitman: Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO writing in a LinkedIn post in August.

To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton


Past cabinet secretaries and senior officials

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2008 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2008 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Condoleezza Rice: The former U.S. national security advisor (2001-2005) and secretary of state (2005-2009) in the George W. Bush administration came out on Facebook against Mr. Trump after the video controversy.

Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.

Supporting: Ms. Rice is not backing Mr. Trump, but she has not said she will back Ms. Clinton.

Robert Gates: former CIA director (1991-1993) and secretary of defense (2006-2011), writing in the Wall Street Journal.

At least on national security, I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair. He is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform. He is unqualified and unfit to be commander-in-chief.

Supporting: Undecided

Hank Paulson: former Goldman Sachs CEO and U.S. treasury secretary (2006-2009) registered support for Democratic candidate on CNBC last Monday.

I can't sign on to this sort of [Trump] populism that's rooted in ignorance and fear and prejudice. I find it abhorrent.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Tom Ridge: former secretary of homeland security (2003-2005), writing in U.S. News and World Report in May.

With a bumper sticker approach to policy, his bombastic tone reflects the traits of a bully, not an American president and statesman. If he cannot unite Republicans, how can he unite America? I simply cannot endorse him.

Supporting: Neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

Michael Hayden: former National Security Agency director (1999-2005) and CIA director (2006-2009), speaking to The Guardian in May.

The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world so when Trump says they all hate us, he's using their narrative … he's feeding their recruitment video.

Supporting: Undecided.

Michael Chertoff: former secretary of homeland security (2005-2009), was one of 50 senior Republicans, including Mr. Ridge and Mr. Hayden, to oppose Mr. Trump in a joint letter published in August.

From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country's national security and well-being.

Supporting: Undecided. But Mr. Chertoff was part of a bipartisan advisory group that met with Ms. Clinton in September.

Richard Armitage: former deputy secretary of state (2001-2005), speaking to Politico in June.

[Trump] doesn't appear to be a Republican, he doesn't appear to want to learn about issues.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton.

Secretary of State George Shultz, center, walks with President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush on his arrival at the White House in January 1985 after two days of arms talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva.

Secretary of State George Shultz, center, walks with President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush on his arrival at the White House in January 1985 after two days of arms talks with the Soviet Union in Geneva. “God help us,” Mr. Shultz said in 2016 about a Trump presidency.

BARRY THUMMA/AP

Brent Scowcroft: former National Security Adviser to presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, endorsed Ms. Clinton in June without mentioning Mr. Trump.

The presidency requires the judgment and knowledge to make tough calls under pressure. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton helped broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, assembled a global coalition to impose a sanctions regime on Iran, and played a crucial role in persuading Iran to accept limits on its nuclear program.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

John Negroponte: former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the United Nations and Director of National Intelligence (2005-2007), released a statement in August around the time that the Clinton campaign showcased its outreach to disaffected Republicans.

Having myself served in numerous diplomatic and national security positions starting in 1960, I am convinced that Secretary Clinton has the leadership qualities that far and away qualify her best to be our next President.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Robert Zoellick: former World Bank president (2007-2012) and U.S. trade representative (2001-2005), told a Republican strategist in a September podcast that Mr. Trump is a "dangerous man."

Any president needs help. They need to study, they to learn things, and that doesn't seem to be his style. He just tries to react with what he sees in the news, and it's all related to his image of how you do real estate negotiations as a bargain and his sense of his own personal brand.

Supporting: Undecided.

William Ruckelshaus, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and William Reilly, EPA head under George H.W. Bush, released a joint statement in August.

To back away now [from the Paris Climate Agreement], as Trump wants to do, would set the world back decades—years we could never recover. The young people in this country deserve far better than that as our legacy.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Carlos Gutierrez: former commerce secretary (2005-2009) under George W. Bush, speaking to CNN in August.

I haven't heard an economic concept come out of Trump's mouth except for protectionism and lower taxes. If you put those two together, that is a recipe for disaster.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

George P. Shultz: former treasury secretary in the Nixon administration and secretary of state under Ronald Reagan. "God help us," he reportedly said during a discussion at Stanford University when asked about the prospect of a Trump presidency.

Supporting: Undecided

Paul Wolfowitz: former World Bank president (2005-2007) and deputy secretary of defence (2001-2005), speaking to Der Spiegel newspaper.

He says he admires Putin, that Saddam Hussein was killing terrorists, that the Chinese were impressive because they were tough on Tiananmen Square. That is pretty disturbing.

Supporting: Undecided.

Charles Fried: solicitor-general in Reagan administration; he was four years old when his family fled Prague after the Nazi invasion. He expressed his views online for CNN.

Remember, he was an enthusiastic birther and has gone on to embrace every sinister paranoid fantasy since. These are not ghosts you can raise just when it seems convenient or because a particular crowd might thrill to them and then when the time comes to govern you can waive aside and pretend you never summoned them. You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And these fleas carry the disease of virulent hatred and discord.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Louis Wade Sullivan: secretary of health and human services under George H.W. Bush, speaking to Huffington Post in September.

He has impressed me as someone who is unstable, who regularly changes his mind, who has not articulated a clear underpinning for the policies that he has espoused.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Colin Powell: former chair of joints chief of staff (1989-1993) and secretary of state (2001-2005), writing in a private e-mail in June that was later leaked.

Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah.

Supporting: Undecided, although among the batch of leaked e-mails Mr. Powell says that he would rather not have to vote for Ms. Clinton.

Former U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton are shown on Sept. 3, 2014.

Former U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton are shown on Sept. 3, 2014.

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Past congressional Republicans

Senator John Warner on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2006.

Senator John Warner on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2006.

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John Warner: The former five-term Republican senator from battleground state Virginia and U.S. secretary of the navy has questioned Mr. Trump's readiness.

You don't pull up a quick text, like 'National Security for Dummies.' That book hasn't been published.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Norm Coleman: former U.S. senator (2003-2009) writing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Donald Trump isn’t the leader America needs after eight years of a president who deliberately divided us and fanned the flames of racial and socioeconomic strife — and, by doing so, diminished America’s standing in the world. I also won’t vote for Donald Trump because of who he is. A bigot. A misogynist. A fraud. A bully.

Supporting: Undecided

Gordon Humphrey: former senator (1979-1990) from New Hampshire writing in an e-mail to NBC News.

I am ever more confirmed in my belief that Trump is a sociopath, without a conscience or feelings of guilt, shame or remorse. And he is pathologically insecure, recklessly attacking anyone who does not confirm him as the best there is.

Supporting: Undecided

Chris Shays: former Connecticut congressman (1987-2009) writing for CNN.

He represents practically everything I was taught not to be, and everything my wife and I taught our daughter not to be.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

Bob Inglis: former South Carolina congressman (1993-1999; 2005-2011), who is critical of Mr. Trump's climate science denial, speaking to Climate Home web site in August.

I surely can never vote for Donald Trump on this [climate change denial] and on a legion of other issues. He’s not prepared to be president, he’s an embarrassment.

Supporting: Undecided

Vin Weber: former Minnesota congressman (1981-1993), speaking to Bloomberg TV in August.

We’ve nominated somebody that is contrary to the spirit of Republicanism that I’ve tried to build all my life. I don’t claim to have been the general but I was a foot soldier in Ronald Reagan’s army… And this is not the Republican party we wanted.

Supporting: Undecided

Larry Pressler: former South Dakota congressman (1975-1979) and senator (1979-1997) speaking to The Hill in June.

We need to go the route of more gun control as a result of Orlando and all the other shootings that have occurred. But it’s almost as though Republicans are saying gun control shouldn’t be part of the conversation at all.

Supporting: Hillary Clinton

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Current congressional Republicans

Kelly Ayotte: The New Hampshire senator is in a tough re-election fight. She said she could no longer support Mr. Trump following the video controversy.

...I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”

Supporting: Neither Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton

Dan Sullivan:

The Alaska senator is another lawmaker to ditch Mr. Trump after the video controversy.

We need national leaders who can lead by example on this critical issue [of sexual assault and domestic violence]. The reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown that he can't.

Supporting: Neither Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton

Jason Chaffetz: The Utah congressman spoke to local TV about withdrawing his support following the Trump video controversy.

I think the message of Donald Trump is a good one, but if this is the way he acts... And that apology, that was no apology. That was an apology for getting caught, that was not an apology for the behavior.

Supporting: Unclear

Tom Rooney: The Florida congressman withdrew his support for Mr. Trump following the video controversy.

If I support him for President, I will be telling my boys that I think it’s okay to treat women like objects — and I’ll have failed as a dad.

Supporting: Neither Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton

Ann Wagner: The Missouri congresswoman withdrew her endorsement after the Trump video surfaced on Oct. 7.

I have committed my short time in Congress to fighting for the most vulnerable in our society. As a strong and vocal advocate for victims of sex trafficking and assault, I must be true to those survivors and myself and condemn the predatory and reprehensible comments of Donald Trump.

Supporting: Undecided

Rob Portman: The Ohio senator withdrew his endorsement after the video became public.

I thought it was appropriate to respect the millions of voters across the country who chose Donald Trump as the Republican Party nominee. While I continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump, I can no longer support him.

Supporting: Mike Pence

Fred Upton: The Michigan congressman has refused to be pinned down on whether he would vote for Mr. Trump.

“As a husband and father, I feel angry and sickened. Those for the office of the president are rightfully held to a higher stand. These latest transgressions are so grave. I urge him to think about our country over his own candidacy and carefully consider stepping aside from the ticket.

Supporting: Undecided

Lisa Murkowski: The Alaska senator disapproved of Mr. Trump's comments in the 2005 video and pulled her endorsement in a tweet.

Supporting: Unclear

Mia Love: The African-American Utah congresswoman laid in to Mr. Trump on Facebook following the video controversy.

For the good of the party, and the country, he should step aside. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton who has her own trouble with the truth, has a major integrity deficit and seems to hold a disdain for hard-working Americans.

Supporting: Unclear

Frank LoBiondo: The New Jersey congressman called the Republican presidential candidate unfit of the Oval Office following the release of the video.

I have repeatedly and strongly spoken out against Mr. Trump when he degrades and insults women, minority groups and Gold Star military families. I will not vote for a candidate who boasts of sexual assault.

Supporting: Mike Pence

Mike Lee: The Utah senator took to Facebook and Twitter following the Trump video controversy.

Supporting: Unclear

Crescent Hardy: The Nevada congressman dropped his support of Mr. Trump following the video release.

I will no longer support the guy at the head of the ticket for the Republican nominee.

Supporting: Unclear

Steve Knight:

The California congressman released a statement in the wake of the Trump video controversy and said he would not be backing Mr. Trump.

In my career as a law enforcement professional I was confronted with and worked tirelessly to end the horrific reality of violence toward women. After hearing Donald Trump’s inexcusable comments last night I was deeply disturbed & reminded of that reprehensible behavior.

Supporting: Neither Ms. Trump or Ms. Clinton

John Katko:

The New York congressman called on Mr. Trump in an interview to drop out of the race following the video controversy.

I've talked repeatedly with my family and people I consider close to me. We are all roundly disgusted. We just all came to the same conclusion that he does not deserve support. You just can't explain this away. What he was talking about is tantamount to sexual assault.

Supporting: Writing in a candidate or supporting a third-party candidate

Mike Coffman: The Colorado congressman spoke to local TV and called on Mr. Trump to step aside. Once again, the impetus was the Trump video.

His defeat at this point seems almost certain and four years of Hillary Clinton is not what is best for this country. Mr. Trump should put the country first and do the right thing.

Supporting: Unclear

Barbara Comstock: The Virginia congresswoman called on Mr. Trump to step aside following the release of the Trump video.

This is disgusting, vile, and disqualifying. No woman should ever be subjected to this type of obscene behavior and it is unbecoming of anybody seeking high office.

Supporting: Neither Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton

Kay Granger: The Texas congresswoman released the following statement after the Trump video controversy.

We have heard rumors about the insensitive and vulgar things Mr. Trump says about women. But watching that video is disgusting. Mr. Trump should remove himself from consideration as Commander in Chief.

Supporting: Unclear

Jeff Flake: The Arizona senator has been a long-time critic of the Republican presidential nominee. After the video controversy, he put his feelings in a tweet.

Supporting: Unclear

Will Hurd: The Texas congressman chose to text the local newspaper how he felt about Mr. Trump following the release of the controversial video.

I never endorsed Trump and I cannot in good conscience support or vote for a man who degrades women, insults minorities and has no clear path to keep our country safe.

Supporting: Unclear

Herrera Beutler: The Washington state congresswoman used the image of a door to help get her point across after the video controversy.

For months I’ve left the door open for Donald Trump to earn my vote. That door has now slammed shut.

Supporting: Writing in Paul Ryan

Joe Heck:

The Nevada congressman spoke at a rally the day after the Trump video controversy erupted.

I believe any candidate for President of the United States should campaign with common ethical and moral values and decency. I accept that none of us are perfect. However, I can no longer look past this pattern of behaviour and inappropriate comments from Donald Trump.

Supporting: Neither Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton

Mike Crapo: The Idaho senator withdrew his Trump endorsement following the video controversy.

His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning.

Supporting: Mike Pence

Rodney Davis: The Illinois congressman withdrew his support of Mr. Trump and asked him to step aside after the video controversy.

The abhorrent comments made by Donald Trump are inexcusable and go directly against what I've been doing in Washington to combat assaults on college campuses.

Supporting: Mike Pence

Cory Gardner: The Colorado withdrew his support after the video controversy.

Supporting: Writing in Mike Pence

Carlos Curbelo: Florida congressman of Cuban heritage speaking to CBS Miami in March.

I think both Donald Trump and Mrs. Clinton are flawed candidates, if you look at the polls the majority of Americans have negative views on both of them. So I am going to wait and see what happens on our side, but I have already said I will not support Mr. Trump. That is not a political decision, that is a moral decision.

Supporting: Undecided

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Cuba-born Florida congresswoman in a Miami Herald editorial board in August.

A candidate should espouse optimism.

Supporting: Writing in Jeb Bush

Richard Hanna: retiring three-term congressman from New York, writing in Syracuse.com in August.

A self-involved man who is worth billions yet is comfortable – almost gleefully – using bankruptcy laws to avoid the consequences of his own choices. A man of character would not defend his actions but rather display shame and or at least regret. He is unrepentant in all things. Think about those average people who paid for his choices.

Supporting: First GOP congressman to back Hillary Clinton

Charlie Dent: Pennsylvania congressman speaking to The Morning Call in August.

No person, let alone the Republican nominee should ever diminish the heroic service of POWs like [Arizona Senator] John McCain, mock the disabled, engage in ethnic smears, make misogynistic comments, and finally criticize the grieving mother of a heroic U.S. soldier who died valiantly defending others. This is simply incomprehensible to me.

Supporting: Undecided

Adam Kinzinger: Illinois congressman speaking to CNN in August.

Donald Trump is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics. I'm not going to support Hillary, but in America we have the right to skip somebody. That's what it's looking like for me today. I don't see how I get to Donald Trump anymore.

Supporting: Neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

Bob Dold: Illinois congressman speaking with CBS Chicago in July.

My uncle was the second one shot down. He spent eight years and a day in a prison in Vietnam. So, if anybody wants to say that his service to our country is anything less than heroic is unacceptable.

Supporting: Undecided

Scott Rigell: Virginia congressman speaking to TIME magazine in August.

There is not one character trait in Donald Trump I would want my son to emulate. I'm so embarrassed to be identified with him and in fact, I couldn't be.

Supporting: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson

Reid Ribble: retiring Wisconsin congressman speaking with a conservative radio station in May.

I don't believe anything [Trump] says anymore, because he's virtually been on every side of every issue. And so we have no idea what a Trump presidency will look like. I'm not going to compromise a principle for a party. I'm just not going to do it.

Supporting: Undecided

Ted Cruz: Texas senator and Trump leadership rival speaking at the Republican National Convention in July.

I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.

Supporting: It turns out Mr. Cruz will be supporting Mr. Trump after all. He made the announcement at the end of September.

Susan Collins: Maine senator who earlier said she was undecided, writing in the Washington Post in August.

[It] was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.

Supporting: Undecided

Lindsey Graham: South Carolina senator speaking with The New York Times in June in the wake of Trump attacks on a U.S.-born judge of Mexican heritage.

This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy. If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it.

Supporting: Undecided

Ben Sasse: Nebraska senator and early opponent of Mr. Trump's candidacy, writing in an open letter to Trump supporters posted on Facebook in February.

A presidential candidate who boasts about what he'll do during his 'reign' and refuses to condemn the K.K.K. cannot lead a conservative movement in America.

Supporting: Undecided

Mark Kirk: Illinois senator in a statement in June.

After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.

Supporting: Writing in Colin Powell

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Governors

Gary Herbert: The Utah governor said it with a tweet after the Trump video became public.

Supporting: Unclear

Dennis Daugaard: The South Dakota governor also took to Twitter.

Supporting: Unclear

Bill Haslam: The Tennessee governor called on Mr. Trump to step aside after the video release.

I want to emphasize that character in our leaders does matter. None of us in elected office are perfect, but the decisions that are made in the Oval Office have too many consequences to ignore the behaviour we have seen.

Supporting: Writing in Mike Pence

Brian Sandoval: The Nevada governor withdrew his support following the video controversy.

This video exposed not just words, but now an established pattern which I find to be repulsive and unacceptable for a candidate for President of the United States.

Supporting: Undecided



Charlie Baker: Massachusetts governor speaking to reporters in May.

The things he said about women and Muslims and religious freedom, I just can't support.

Supporting: Undecided

Larry Hogan: Maryland governor's reply when asked in June by reporters whether he would support Donald Trump.

No I don't plan to.

Supporting: Undecided


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