George W Bush and Mitt Romney won't back Trump's re-election, some GOP leaders plan to support Biden
George W Bush had earlier expressed his disappointment with the way Trump has handled the pandemic as well as the country-wide protests
Former POTUS George W Bush and Utah Senator Mitt Romney will not support President Donald Trump's re-election in November, reports reveal. Former Republican leaders such as former Speakers Paul D Ryan and John A Boehner will not say how they are going to vote. Some Republicans who are on the fence about supporting Trump are considering backing a third party to openly support Joe Biden, The New York Times reports. Retired military leaders too are voicing their unease over Trump's leadership but are unsure about supporting his opponent. Bush opened up on the coronavirus pandemic as well as the George Floyd protests in recent weeks. His statements did not call out Trump by name but they were considered to be disguised swipes at how Trump has dealt with both the situations.
In May, Bush had shared a video where he urged the nation to come together amid the crisis. Bush also said that Americans are all God's children and deserve equal treatment. He shared, "(L)et us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise."
George Bush and the former first lady, Laura Bush, had also commented on the death of Floyd, the 46-year-old man who died at the hands of the police after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd repeatedly told the officer, Derek Chauvin, that he was unable to breathe for eight long minutes but Chauvin paid no heed and did not budge as seen in a viral video that has left the nation outraged. Floyd eventually lost consciousness and died as a result of the extreme police brutality.
Bush said, "Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all." Former presidents such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also broke their silence on Floyd's death and have demanded that changes be made to the system.
We had earlier reported that while the nation protested the death of Floyd with Black Lives Matter movement, Trump had taken on the construction of a fence around the White House. The setting up of the fence began on June 4 and continued on June 5. Several people took to Twitter to point out how Trump's new fence reminded them of the baby gate which parents install for the safety of their children. A user tweeted, "Well, if they're going to put up a #babygate at the #Trump #WhiteHouse can we put #ChildSafetyLocks on the nukes? #ParentalControls that block #FoxNews on the TVs? #ShowOfFear #Bunkerbaby #BlackLivesMatter."