Hundreds of officials who worked for former Republican United States President George W Bush endorsed Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden on Wednesday, the latest Republican-led group coming out to oppose the re-election of Donald Trump.
The officials, including Cabinet secretaries and other senior people in the Bush administration, have formed a political action committee called “43 Alumni for Biden” to support the former vice president in his November 3 race. Bush was the country’s 43rd president.
The Super PAC launched with a website and Facebook page and plans to release “testimonial videos” praising Biden from high-profile Republicans. It will also will hold get out to vote efforts in the most competitive states.
The group is the latest of several Republican organisations opposing Trump’s re-election, yet another sign that the president has alienated some in his own party, most recently with his response to the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality against Black Americans following the police killing of George Floyd in late May.
“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger,” Jennifer Millikin, one of the 43 Alumni organisers, who worked on Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and later in the general services administration, told the Reuters news agency ahead of the launch.