On June 21, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton picked up a long list of endorsements from many of America's leading CEOs, including several Republicans.
"Since my time at the Naval Academy and service in the Navy, I have consistently voted for Republicans," said Dan Akerson, former chairman and chief executive of General Motors, according to USA Today. "Serving as the leader of the free world requires effective leadership, sound judgment and a steady hand and most importantly, the temperament to deal with crises large and small. ... I will cast my ballot for Secretary Clinton."
The endorsements came one day after Clinton gave a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina, on her economic policy. In that speech, Clinton blasted Trump several times, accusing him "going after me personally because he has no answers," according to the Washington Post.
But Clinton also spoke of refusing to raise taxes on the middle class and promised to "say no to bad trade deals," including the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite having been in support of the deal before it became a contentious issue between her and her Democratic primary challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has long been opposed to the deal.
Nonetheless, more than 50 former and current business leaders pledged their support for Clinton, and they made one thing very clear: They don't like Trump.
“Trump would destroy much of what is great about America,” said Reed Hastings, chief executive and co-founder of Netflix, according to USA Today. “Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it’s important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for.”
And Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T Services Inc. who worked White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, noted that he has backed every GOP presidential candidate since 1976, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“But this year I think it’s vital to put our country’s well being ahead of party,” Cicconi said. “Hillary Clinton is experienced, qualified, and will make a fine president. The alternative, I fear, would set our nation on a very dark path.”