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GOP Leaders Are Starting To Do The Once Unthinkable

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[DIGEST: New York Times, CNN]

Donald Trump has “undermined the character of the nation,” according to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, a political activist and top Republican donor, who called Trump a “dishonest demagogue” who would lead the United States “on a very dangerous journey.” Whitman indicated she would throw her support behind Hillary Clinton. Though Whitman acknowledged she and Clinton have different opinions on policy, she admitted Republicans must move “to put country first before party.”

Whitman is a valuable asset to the Clinton campaign. She has ties to the nation’s business elite (including a close relationship with Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee), and has access to a sizable network of contributors willing to support Clinton. Whitman will personally give Clinton’s campaign an amount “in the mid six figures,” according to one of her aides.

The defection of Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) is another sign that Republicans will need to work long and hard to repair fractures within the party. While numerous prominent conservatives from Ohio Gov. John Kasich to Sen. John McCain have openly admonished Trump, Hanna is the first Republican member of Congress to announce his unequivocal support for Clinton in November. The GOP is “becoming increasingly less capable of nominating a person who is electable as president,” he wrote in an op-ed for Syracuse.com. “The primary process is so geared toward the party’s political base, which ignores the fact that we have largely alienated women, Hispanics, the LGBT community, young voters and many others in general.” He called Trump “self-involved,” “narcissistic,” “profoundly offensive,”  and “unrepentant in all things.”

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Richard Hanna. (Credit: Source.)

A former president also weighed in on the billionaire businessman’s controversial immigration proposals. Speaking at a campaign rally for Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio, former President George W. Bush critiqued Trump’s policies of “isolationism, nativism, and protectionism” without mentioning Trump by name. Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, have refused to back the Republican nominee and neither one chose to attend the Republican National Convention last month. “It was an interesting exercise of statecraft. No one could say he directly spoke in attack mode against Donald Trump,” said former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. “Neither could anybody miss the fact that he thought there were some cutting-edge issues that Trump is advancing that need to be scrutinized and debated.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has openly pledged his support for Donald Trump, but a former adviser who worked closely with him on the campaign trail and in his office says she will cross party lines

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