Latest GOP Defections: Meg Whitman and Maria Comella


Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman — a prominent Republican fundraiser — threw her support behind Clinton, saying, “Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.”  Whitman said Trump’s “reckless and uninformed” positions on critical issues from immigration to the economy and foreign policy show he lacks the policy depth and judgment a president needs.  She said national security would be in danger under a Trump presidency and she encouraged all Republicans to support Clinton in November.

Whitman, the president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, also said in an interview with the New York Times she would use her considerable resources to make a contribution to the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs.  (Whitman ran unsuccessfully for California governor in 2010, spending $144 million of her own money in a $178 million loss against Democrat Jerry Brown.)

Also today, the woman who helped shape New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s national image declared that she’s voting for Clinton:

“As someone who has worked to further the Republican Party’s principles for the last 15 years, I believe that we are at a moment where silence isn’t an option,” former Christie senior aide Maria Comella told CNN.

Whitman and Comella join dozens of high-profile GOP leaders who have previously said they would not vote for Trump, including the party’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

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