Exactly two months to US presidential election, a gaggle of greater than 100 outstanding Republicans dumped President Donald Trump and pledged help for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
They mentioned the United States wants a change of management.
The group Republicans & Independents for Biden, comprised of former GOP lawmakers, politicians and different leaders, mentioned their “sole mission” is to elect the previous vp following extreme management failures on President Donald Trump’s watch.
“More than 180,000 Americans are dead from a pandemic that, with consistent leadership, could have been contained,” former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, nationwide chairwoman of the group’s steering committee, mentioned in an announcement.
“Instead, it has been left to spin out of control by a president who ignored it, refused to lead, and endangered American lives.”
In a second of “great national crisis,” she added, “we need to elect a leader matched to the moment, someone who can restore competence to the Oval Office and unify the country. Joe Biden is that leader.”
The coalition consists of former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, in addition to former Sens. Dave Durenberger of Minnesota and Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and 17 former Republican members of the House.
Bill Weld briefly and unsuccessfully challenged Trump within the 2020 Republican nominating contest.
“Joe Biden is a man of deep faith and commitment to family, decency and integrity, which will serve us all well when he is in the White House,” mentioned Snyder.
“We must elect Joe Biden in November so that we can begin the arduous but essential process of healing America and putting society back on a positive path where civility and working together help us achieve great things as a nation once again.”
Whitman mentioned the group’s technique is to influence Republican and right-leaning unbiased voters in key battleground states who voted for Trump in 2016 however “now know that he cannot lead our country to the greatness we seek.”
In an op-ed Thursday, Whitman mentioned Trump “inflames hate, stokes division and celebrates violence to further his perverse political agenda,” and known as Biden “the leader we need to restore honesty, integrity and a sense of duty to the Oval Office.”
She accused Trump of betraying conservative values by undermining the rule of legislation and nationwide safety, mendacity, dividing Americans alongside racial strains, and failing the nation in his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Another main member of the group is Rick Snyder, a two-term governor of Michigan who left workplace in 2019.
Snyder decried what he known as Trump’s divisive and bullying ways, including: “Having worked with Joe Biden and Donald Trump when I was Governor, I believe Biden is the clear choice to put our country back on a positive path.”
CNN reported this week that Republican help for Biden has far exceeded the GOP help given to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 4 years in the past.
“Maybe with the exception of 1972 with Democrats for [GOP President Richard] Nixon, I can’t remember this many prominent figures in a party crossing lines to support the other candidate,” mentioned John J. Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College and former Republican congressional aide.
The group launched an internet site on Thursday and plans to marketing campaign, purchase ads and place opinion items in state and nationwide media in help of Biden.
“Donald Trump’s daily assaults on our nation’s founding principles pose an existential threat to the future of the Republic,” the group declared.