The former Republican candidate for governor in California, and current CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Meg Whitman spoke out on the upcoming presidential election on Tuesday night.
Whitman is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent Republicans. She became the latest billionaire businessperson to endorse Hillary Clinton. This is a stunning rebuke of the Republican nominee and the Republican leadership that continues to support him.
In a statement, Whitman said:
“To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character. . . . Therefore I have decided to support Hillary Clinton.
I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her,” Whitman told the New York Times.
As with a number of other prominent Republicans in recent days, Whitman called on Republicans to place love of country over party loyalty. She also warned that Trump could lead America “on a very dangerous journey.”
In her statement, Whitman also said:
“Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues — from immigration to our economy to foreign policy — have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as president,” Whitman said in her statement. “America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide. I urge all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.”
Whitman went farther than the other Republicans on Tuesday. She is one of the top Republican fundraisers. She stated that she would contribute to Clinton’s campaign and its super PACs, and help raise funds for Clinton.
It is noteworthy that Whitman is known as a person who does not do anything half way, professionally or politically. When she ran the California governor’s seat in 2010, she spent some $144 million of her own money.