It’s almost downright unbelievable GOP elites are still holding off supporting Donald Trump as the month of June starts Wednesday. While some Republicans have simply been silent on their decision on Trump or are just starting to hop aboard the Trump Train, others are staunchly rejecting Trump at all costs. One former governor sent a videoed message over the weekend telling Republican voters not to vote Trump.
One of New Jersey’s most prominent GOP leaders, former Gov. Christie Whitman, is urging the party faithful to vote against the presumptive GOP nominee in next week’s New Jersey primary in order to “send a message.”
“I hope voters will express what they feel. Don’t be steamrolled into thinking you have to be for Donald Trump because he’s now locked up the nomination. “Let the party know that this has gotten out of control and we are not the kind of people that Donald Trump portrays us as being. And this is not the way we want to go forward,” Whitman said in an interview at her Hunterdon County farm.
Earlier this year, she endorsed Gov. John Kasich and criticized Trump’s rise in the polls to the ascent of Hitler and Mussolini before World War II. Whitman, who was New Jersey’s first female governor from 1994-2001 and later served in President George W. Bush’s administration, held a fundraiser for Kasich on her Tewksbury farm back in April before he dropped.
Whitman also said in February she was “ashamed” fellow Republican Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Trump given the candidate’s statements about race. She has previously said she would consider voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton instead of Trump in the general election.
“It’s not going to change anything because Trump has the delegates he needs. But it will send a message and it will make people listen. And, hopefully it will, maybe, change him a little bit. I don’t know if [Hillary] is even going to make it to the end of the day. I will not vote for Donald Trump — that’s a given. And I will vote. The option is always to write in. And a lot of people will say you’re wasting your vote and I say, no, I’m sending a message,” said Whitman.
The video of her message can be viewed below: