Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced on Aug. 8 that she would not be supporting GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Collins made her announcement in an opinion article for The Washington Post:
I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country...
With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing -- either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level -- that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities. Three incidents in particular have led me to the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.
Collins went on to recall Trump's comments about two Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel and a news reporter with a medical condition, Serge F. Kovaleski.
Collins is not the only Republican to refuse to vote for the party's nominee.
Republican Rep. Richard Hanna of New York wrote an opinion article in Syracuse.com on Aug. 2:
In his latest foray of insults, Mr. Trump has attacked the parents of a slain U.S. soldier. Where do we draw the line? I thought it would have been when he alleged that U.S. Sen. John McCain was not a war hero because he was caught. Or the countless other insults he's proudly lobbed from behind the Republican presidential podium. For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.
Secretary Clinton has issues that depending on where one stands can be viewed as great or small. But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters. Mrs. Clinton has promoted many of the issues I have been committed to over the years including expanding education and supporting women's health care.
While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton. 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. I trust she can lead.
Republican Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia told The New York Times on Aug 5. that he is going to vote for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson.
Rigell said several lawmakers in his own party have asked his advice about Trump.
"When their own conscience is seared by some statement that Trump has made, I have encouraged them to be direct and also, in a timely manner, repudiate what he said," Rigell recalled. "People will respect it if you have a reason and you put it out there."