Hundreds of officials, who worked for former Republican President George W. Bush, are opposing the re-election of Donald Trump and endorsing the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
What We Know:
- People who were involved in the Bush administration have formed a Political Action Committee called 43 Alumni for Biden to support the former vice president in his Nov. 3 race.
- The Super PAC launched Wednesday and is forbidden by law from communicating or working with the Biden Campaign but they can support the candidate. They plan to do this with ads, events, “testimonial videos” from high-profile Republicans, and by holding get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive states, the group told Reuters.
- The group is one of several Republican groups supporting Biden and opposing Trump’s re-election, showing a lot of alienation with Trump’s party, especially after his response to the pandemic and the protests over racial injustice and police brutality against Black people.
- “We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal,” Jennifer Millikin said. Millikin is one of the 43 Alumni organizers, who worked for Bush during his 2004 re-election campaign and later in the General Services Administration.
- Despite there being policy differences, members of the Super PAC believe Biden has the integrity to meet America’s challenges. “This November, we are choosing country over party,” Kristopher Purcell, who worked as a communication official in the Bush White House, said. “We believe that a Biden administration will adhere to the rule of law…and restore dignity and integrity to the White House.”
- Erin Perrine, a spokeswoman from the Trump campaign said, “This is the swamp – yet again – trying to take down the duly elected President of the United States,” referring to the 43 Alumni for Biden.
Other Republican groups opposing Trump’s re-election include Right Side PAC and the Lincoln Project, co-founded by George Conway, who is the husband of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway.