A Republican member of Congress has announced he plans to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the presidential election in November.
Richard Hanna, a three-term U.S. Republican member of Congress from New York, denounced Republican nominee Donald Trump in an opinion article for Syracuse.com, on Aug. 2, reports Politico. Hanna had previously said he would never back Trump, but announced direct support for Clinton for the first time in the article.
In the opinion piece, Hanna called Trump “profoundly offensive and narcissistic,” “self-involved” and “a world-class panderer.”
Hanna referenced Trump’s recent response to criticism by the Khans, parents of a U.S. soldier killed in action, as well as his statement that Arizona Sen. John McCain should not be considered a war hero.
“For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments,” Hanna wrote. “He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
Hanna then discussed Clinton, whom Hanna says he will vote for despite significant points of disagreement.
“Secretary Clinton has issues ... but she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself over a lifetime. That matters,” he wrote. “While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton.”
Hanna also expressed doubt in the Republican Party’s ability to nominate an electable candidate and stated that the party had alienated women and minorities. He said he hoped that, if Trump loses, the GOP can “live to win or lose another day with a real candidate” without encouraging fear or hate.
“I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is far more important than parties or winning and losing,” Hanna wrote.
As of the op-ed’s release, Hanna is the only Republican current member of Congress to publicly back Clinton. He is retiring at the end of his term.
However, a growing number of Republican figures outside Congress have done so, reports The Atlantic. This group includes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, former Sen. Larry Pressler of South Dakota and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, among others.