Many conservatives are finally waking up!
President Trump may have had many supporters over the years who never think twice over the president's dangerous remarks and constant floundering of the truth, but it looks some groups can't take it anymore. Many Republicans, some of whom even served in previous GOP administrations, are now coming out in support of Biden. According to CNN , Linda and Tom Rawles describe themselves as independents but have been lifelong registered Republicans. The two have worked in Arizona's Republican Party and have run for Congress as Republicans. While they voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2016, for the upcoming election they will vote for Joe Biden.
"I'm not Antifa," joked Linda Rawles, 61. But she admits that what she's been seeing in the country cannot be ignored anymore. From protests against police brutality and racial injustice to the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "I think the last three to six weeks have been a turning point," says Tom Rawles, 70. "We can always fight over the issues. But we need to cut out the cancer that is infecting the body politic of America." And what is that cancer? Trump. "We'll support Biden not because we agree with him on issues," Linda Rawles said, "but he's a decent, kind, sane man. I've considered myself a Republican since I was 13. We're not at home in our party. We're not Democrats. We don't have anywhere to go."
They're not the only Republicans who seem to feel this way. RVAT (Republican Voters Against Trump) are encouraging people not to vote for him. According to their website, a number of people have shared their thoughts on the current POTUS. Former Republican operative Tim Miller is part of their campaign to convince white, suburban Republicans to abandon Trump. "In 2016, people disapproved of Trump personally but still voted for him," Miller said. "Concerns about him have come home to roost with the virus, the economy, and the instability in their communities with the protests. Those reservations about Trump? Well, it's getting real now."
Cheryl Coons, 56, a cardiac nurse who sees herself as a moderate but is a registered Republican said, "I have always identified with issues on both sides of the political spectrum and struggled with both parties." The protests taking place in the country is making her lean towards a Democratic pick. She continued, "I feel like we need more of a sense of unity and, and no antagonism on this issue at all," said Coons, who voted for Trump in 2016. "And I don't feel I see that being fostered. We have to come together as a people and we need a leader that's going to help us do that, not poke the bear."
According to The New York Times , over 70 top Republican national security officials released a letter hours before Biden accepted the Democratic nomination. They stated that they would be voting for Biden in November and that Trump was "unfit to lead." Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, who did not support Biden initially is now endorsing him in response to The Atlantic’s reporting on Trump’s alleged remarks about service members. The article was titled: Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’.
Hillary Clinton recently told The Atlantic , "I certainly feared for the country under Trump’s leadership, and his inauguration speech was a really dire warning about what to expect. I didn’t really anticipate how totally craven the Republican Party had become or was willing to be used by Trump. I’ve served with some of the people who are still there in the Senate. I always thought of them maybe on the opposite side of the aisle, but people with minds of their own and a sense of duty and responsibility. I just could not believe my eyes and ears as I watched them basically be totally undermined and subordinated to Trump’s whims. We can talk about institutions—but we are a government of institutions and of norms, but also a separation of powers and balance amongst our institutions, which he has demolished because so few Republicans have stood up to him. "
COVER IMAGE SOURCE: Supporters wait for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden outside Latrobe Train Station September 30, 2020 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)