“I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell, a Republican, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” adding that he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Trump four years ago.
The retired general voted for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016, and hacked emails released in September of that year showed Powell strongly condemning Trump, labeling him a “national disgrace and an international pariah.”
According to The New York Times, Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won’t support Trump’s re-election, Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, and Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, is almost certain to support Biden but is “unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.”
Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner are still tight-lipped about who they’ll vote for, and some Republicans are reportedly weighing their options between backing a third-party contender or openly endorsing Biden, risking the ire of Trump. Some say they’d possibly prefer a Biden victory if the GOP managed to preserve its Senate majority.