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Ex-GOP Chair Steele Refuses To Vote Trump Or Clinton

| by Ray Brown

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said he won't be voting for either of the two major party candidates this year.

“I will not be voting for [Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton,” Steele told a dinner in honor of the 40th anniversary of the magazine Mother Jones, according to BuzzFeed. “I will not be voting for [Republican presidential nominee Donald] Trump either.”

Steele said that Trump has “captured that racist underbelly, that frustration, that angry underbelly of American life and gave voice to that,” and added that he believes the GOP nominee represents about 30 percent of Republican Party voters.

“I was damn near puking during the debates,” Steele said.

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Steele is the third former RNC chairman to refuse to vote for Trump, with Marc Racicot and Mel Martinez being the other two.

In a July op-ed published in The Washington Post, Racicot acknowledged that more than 13 million GOP primary voters backed Trump, but said he couldn't bring himself to do so.

“I don’t deny nor diminish the message that each of those votes carries with them. And every one of those 13 million people has a right to be heard and their thoughts fairly and honestly considered,” Racicot wrote. “But after long and careful consideration, I cannot endorse or support their decision to express their frustration, anger and disappointment by selecting Trump as the Republican nominee for president.”

Martinez told The Wall Street Journal that his first choice was former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, but he would have been content with Vice President Joe Biden, too.

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“I would not vote for Trump, clearly,” Martinez said. “If there is any, any, any other choice, a living, breathing person with a pulse, I would be there.”

However, Martinez said he wouldn't be voting for Clinton, either.

Sources: BuzzFeed, The Wall Street Journal via The Week, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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