A top adviser to Jeb Bush has had it with the GOP and she points to Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican Party as her reason for abandoning her party. Sally Bradshaw officially switched her registration to unaffiliated. Bradshaw told CNN that the GOP is “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot.”
“This is a time when the country has to take priority over political parties. Donald Trump cannot be elected president,” Bradshaw, who began her career working for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign, said.
She said that Trump’s attack on Khazir and Ghazala Khan, whose son died in Iraq in 2004, was “despicable” and made her “sick to my stomach.” She said Trump’s remarks toward the fallen war hero’s family “reinforced” her decision to became an Independent.
“Every family who loses a loved one in service to our country or who has a family member who serves in the military should be honored, regardless of their political views,” she said. “Vets and their family have more than earned the right to those views. Someone with the temperament to be president would understand and respect that.”
Bradshaw helped write the Republican Party’s “autopsy” report after the 2012 elections and now, she says she will vote for Hillary Clinton if the race is close.
“As much as I don’t want another four years of Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump,” she told CNN. “I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it.”
“If the race in Florida is close, I will vote for Hillary Clinton,” she said. “That is a very difficult statement for me to make. I disagree with her on several important issues. I have worked to elect Republicans to national and statewide offices for the last 30 years.” “I have never voted for a Democrat for president, and I consider myself a conservative, a supporter of limited government, gun rights, free enterprise, equality of opportunity. I am pro-life,” she continued. “There are no other candidates who were serious contenders for the nomination that I would not have supported.”
Bradshaw explained that she sees voting against Trump as “the only real choice for reasonable, thoughtful Republicans to make.”
“Our president must represent what is good about America — a belief in opportunity for all — regardless of race and gender and background — to rise up and live the American dream,” she said. “A president can’t tear down Hispanics, or mock someone who is disabled, or use symbols in campaign literature that Jewish voters understandably find offensive. To continue to be the hope of the world, all Americans regardless of party affiliation have to reject him,” she added.
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