Some Republicans are bucking Trump

By SATimes Team

Washington: Republican Senator Mitt Romney has become one the few Republicans to publicly say “Black Lives Matter”.  On Sunday, wearing a mask he marched with the Evanglicals at a  protest along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capital demanding justice for African-American George Floyd.

And former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has become the first Republican to endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for this year’s presidential election, while adding that incumbent President Donald Trump has drifted away from the Constitution.

Powell, a longtime Republican who served under President George W. Bush and also as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN on Sunday that the President has not been an “effective leader”. “Every American citizen has to sit down and think (it) through… Use your common sense. Say, ‘Is this good for my country?’”

A New York Times reports that even President George W Bush is not going to vote for Trump this November.  

And last week the Republican senator Lisa Murkowski admitted she was “struggling” with whether to support Trump’s re-election.

On June 3, General Mattis issued a statement to The Atlantic in which he criticized Trump and his policies. He berated the President for advocating military action to “dominate” the protests in the country.

Mattis wrote that Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” and that America is “witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership”.

This does not mean that voices of dissent from party leaders will translate to the Republican grassroots, where Trump retains overwhelming support. But some critics of the president believe his responses to both the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide anti-race protests leave him uniquely exposed.

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