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Lifelong Republican Adviser Leaves GOP Over Trump

| by Nik Bonopartis

A longtime adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced she's leaving the Republican Party and might vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Sally Bradshaw  served as Bush's campaign adviser during the 2016 Republican primaries before he dropped out without winning a single electoral vote. Previously, she's worked for Republican Mitt Romney's failed 2012 election bid, and was an adviser to former President George H.W. Bush.

Bradshaw told CNN that Trump's latest war of words -- involving Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of a slain U.S. soldier -- made her "sick to my stomach."

"As much as I don’t want another four years of [President Barack] Obama’s policies, I can’t look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump," Bradshaw wrote in an email to CNN. "I can’t tell them to love their neighbor and treat others the way they wanted to be treated, and then vote for Donald Trump. I won’t do it."

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Trump, who received a bump in the polls following the Republican National Convention, has been embroiled in a war of words with the Khan family since Khizr's July 28 speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The father of slain Army Capt. Humayun Khan waved a copy of the Constitution as he blasted the Republican nominee.

"Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future," Khizr said. "Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law.'"

Bradshaw, who called Trump "a total narcissist, a misogynist, a bigot," said the way he responded to Khan strengthened her convictions that he is not fit to be president.

"Donald Trump belittled a woman who gave birth to a son who died fighting for the United States. If anything, that reinforced my decision to become an independent voter," she said. "Every family who loses a loved one in service to our country or who has a family member who serves in the military should be honored, regardless of their political views."

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On Twitter, Trump called Capt. Khan "a hero," but said the back-and-forth was a distraction from the danger posed by radical Islamic terrorism. He suggested the Khan family should be angry with Clinton, who supported the war in Iraq when she was a U.S. senator representing New York.

"Hillary voted for the Iraq war," Trump tweeted, "not me!"

Sources: CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The New York Times / Photo credit: FacingFlorida

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