BREAKING: Former GOP Candidates Break Pledge, Say They WON'T Vote For Trump
Last year, former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush signed a Republican Party pledge to support whoever the GOP nominee is for president. But today, he broke it.
On his Facebook page this afternoon, Bush congratulated Trump on his presumptive nomination and for successfully tapping into the righteous anger of voters against the leaders of both parties.
But Bush then wrote, "Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character [to be president]. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative."
He did note, though, that he would not be voting for Hillary either.
Former Republican candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed Bush with a single sentence on Twitter, writing "I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative."
Later in the afternoon, Trump fired back on Graham, according to a Boston Globe reporter.
Trump wrote in a statement that "If I got beaten as badly as I beat him...I would not be able to give my support either."
He then went on to call Graham an embarrassment, a spewer of hate, and "beyond rehabilitation." He also pointed out that Graham received less than 1% of the vote even in his home state.
In other news, former Republican candidate Rick Perry endorsed Trump today, according to CNN, and made a plea to be his running mate. His praise of Trump, though, seemed tempered.
Perry said of Trump, "He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them. I'm going to support him and help him and do what I can. He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen."
He did admit, though that Trump, "wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice."
Asked if he wanted to be VP, Perry said, "I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no."