Jeb Bush joins growing list of Republicans who say they won’t vote for Trump

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On Friday Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t vote for the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. The former Florida governor, who shared his thoughts on Facebook, joins a growing list of prominent Republicans who say they just can’t vote for the businessman.

Bush did congratulate Trump but said he “has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”

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“In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life,” he added.

This announcement comes after GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he was not ready to support Trump. “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” Ryan said on CNN’s “The Lead.”

“I hope to. And I want to,” he added.

In addition, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney and former President George W. Bush said they do not plan to attend the party’s national convention in July. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he won’t be at the convention either. Graham says he won’t support Donald Trump.

The South Carolina senator and former White House hopeful says in a statement he doesn’t believe Trump is a “reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief.”

Graham said he won’t support Democrat Hillary Clinton either. He said she represents a third term for President Barack Obama.

The senator says he will help to elect down-ballot Republicans and urges people to vote this year. He says no matter what, he will do everything he can to help the next president.

Graham isn’t the only Republican senator denying Trump his support. Freshman Sen. Ben Sasse, of Nebraska, says America should draft an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, someone who would be an “honest leader” and “an adult.”

“Why are we confined to these two terrible options?” Sasse writes in a manifesto titled “An Open Letter to Majority America.”

“This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That’s what we do,” he says.

Sasse, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, doesn’t offer a preferred candidate -although over Twitter he’s mentioned former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn.

But he says after discussions with his constituents it’s clear that voters want a better option. Nebraska’s Republicans have yet to vote in the presidential election; their primary is May 10.


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