Former President George W. Bush and R-Utah Senator Mitt Romney are reportedly not expected to support the backing of President Trump – two high-profile GOP figures believed to avoid supporting the Republican president in November.
The New York Times, quoting “people who know their minds,” reported that Bush will not support Trump’s re-election, and former Trump 2016 rival Jeb Bush is not sure how he will vote. Meanwhile, Romney will not vote for Trump and is considering yet again writing to his wife, Ann, or casting another ballot, the Times reported.
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Trump has been a vocal critic of both Bush and Romney for years and has regularly celebrated with Romney. Trump criticized Bush earlier this year for being “nowhere to be found”
Meanwhile, Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to petition Trump for one of the two articles on slander – abuse of power. Romney has criticized Trump several times in recent years.
A sign of how low the relationship between Trump and Romney is came earlier this year when Trump was informed that Romney was in self-isolation due to possible exposure to coronavirus.
“Gee, that’s too bad,” Trump said, though he denied moments later that he was being sarcastic.
Many longtime Republican officials distanced themselves from Trump during his 2016 campaign, and while some have sided with the president, others have stayed away. Now, as the re-election approaches, it seems that many of those same Republicans are unlikely to change their minds – even if Trump is the current one.
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According to The Times, a number of Republicans are considering whether to go for a third-party candidate or openly endorse Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, Biden reportedly intends to roll out a “Republican for Biden” coalition in the campaign after consolidating his support of his own party.