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Former GOP Senator: 'Trump Could [Start] A Nuclear War'

| by Sarah Zimmerman

In the final stretch of the election, former New Hampshire Senator and staunch conservative Gordon Humphrey announced that he is endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 

"On Tuesday, millions of lifelong Republicans will vote against [Republican presidential nominee] Donald Trump. I’m one of them," he said in a Clinton campaign video according to Yahoo! News, urging voters to support the Democratic candidate for presidency.

Humphrey served as a senator from 1979 to 1990 and is well-known for his support of alt-right, Tea Party ideology. His comments on Trump and his decision to vote Democratic, then, come as a surprise to many in the GOP.

"Trump is simply unfit to be president," he said in the video, according to Yahoo! "[He] could get us into a nuclear war. That danger has not gone away, and it would mushroom with Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger. For the sake of our families’ safety, let’s stand together against Donald Trump by voting for Hillary Clinton. It’s the responsible thing to do."

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Humphrey tells CNN that he plans on leaving the Republican party for good if Trump wins. The retired senator backed Ohio Sen. John Kasich in the Republican primaries.

"I never in my wildest nightmare thought that I might vote for Hillary Clinton, but in my wildest nightmare, I never imagined anyone as creepy as Donald Trump," he told CNN.

Humphrey is one of many established Republicans who are going against the party's nominee and joining the #NeverTrump movement. Current New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte additionally will not vote for Trump, saying that she will instead cast a write-in ballot for Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, according to POLITICO. 

"I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country,” she said in a statement. “However, I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”

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Humphrey levied similar attacks on Trump, calling him "cruel," "shameless" and "a bully," according to Yahoo! News.

While he had initially planned on not voting for either party's candidate, telling CNN that he would write in John Kasich for president, he feels like the race is too close to not vote for Clinton.

"I'm no great fan of [Clinton's], but she is sane and [Trump is] nuts," he told CNN. "If Trump is in charge of the party after the election, I will leave."

Sources: Yahoo! News, POLITICO, CNN / Photo Credit: Yahoo! News

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