List of Republicans who opposed the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign

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This is a list of Anti-Trump and conservatives who announced their opposition to the election of Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican Party nominee and eventual winner of the election, as the President of the United States. It also includes former Republicans who left the party due to their opposition to Trump and as well as Republicans who endorsed a different candidate. It includes Republican presidential primary election candidates that announced opposition to Trump as the nominee. Some of the Republicans on this list threw their support to Trump after he won the presidential election, while many of them continue to oppose Trump. Offices listed are those held at the time of the 2016 election.

Government officials[edit]

Former U.S. presidents[edit]

Former President George H. W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush

Former 2016 Republican presidential primary candidates[edit]

All candidates signed a pledge to eventually support the party nominee. The following refused to honor it after Trump became the Republican presidential nominee.

Governor Jeb Bush

Former federal cabinet-level officials[edit]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Governors[edit]

Sitting[edit]

Ohio Governor John Kasich

Former[edit]

Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 nominee for President Mitt Romney
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

U.S. Senators[edit]

Arizona Senator and 2008 nominee for President John McCain

Sitting[edit]

Former[edit]

U.S. Representatives[edit]

Michigan U.S. Representative Justin Amash
Nevada U.S. Representative and 2016 nominee for U.S. Senate Joe Heck

Sitting[edit]

Former[edit]

Former State Department officials[edit]

Former Defense Department officials[edit]

Former National Security officials[edit]

Other former federal government officials[edit]

Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President and founder of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol

State officials[edit]

Sitting[edit]

Former[edit]

State legislators[edit]

Sitting
Former

Municipal officials[edit]

Other public figures[edit]

Staff, advisors, activists, relations[edit]

Ben Shapiro, conservative commentator
George Will, conservative commentator

Academics, journalists, authors, commentators[edit]

Host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and former U.S. Representative from Florida Joe Scarborough

Business leaders[edit]

Meg Whitman, current HP and former eBay CEO

Republican groups[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Research on the Never Trump movement shows that Mormon and female Republicans were the most likely groups to oppose Trump's candidacy while non-Mormon and male Republicans were the most supportive.[236] In the same study, establishment Republicans were found to be more likely to support Trump's candidacy, the opposite of what most observers, including Donald Trump himself, claimed.[237]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae Withdrew endorsement
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Called on Trump to withdraw his candidacy
  3. ^ Withdrew intended vote
  4. ^ called on Trump and Pence to withdraw their candidacies

References[edit]

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