The Republican Party has seen a variety of politicians express their concerns and disapproval of former President Donald Trump. The following is a list of 20 Republican politicians who have been critical of or have not supported Trump. Their reasons may range from policy disagreements to concerns about his character, and each individual’s stance is unique.
1. Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney, a Senator from Utah and the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump. He has challenged Trump’s character and expressed concern about his impact on democracy. Romney was the only Republican Senator to vote for Trump’s impeachment during his first trial.
2. Lisa Murkowski
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has been vocal in her disapproval of Trump’s behavior and policies. She opposed the former president’s approach to healthcare reform and criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Murkowski called on Trump to resign following the Capitol insurrection.
3. John Kasich
John Kasich, former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, has been a consistent critic of Donald Trump. He spoke at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, endorsing Joe Biden for President. Kasich has emphasized the need for unity and bipartisanship in American politics.
4. Liz Cheney
Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming has consistently spoken out against Trump, particularly after the Capitol riots. She was one of the ten House Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment. Cheney has called Trump’s claims of election fraud dangerous and unsupported.
5. Charlie Baker
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly disagreed with Trump on multiple occasions. He has criticized Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and his divisive rhetoric. Baker did not vote for Trump in either the 2016 or 2020 Presidential elections.
6. Larry Hogan
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has expressed his disapproval of Trump’s leadership style and policies. He has advocated for a more inclusive and pragmatic approach to governance. Hogan wrote in Ronald Reagan’s name instead of voting for Trump in the 2020 election.
7. Justin Amash
Former Michigan Congressman Justin Amash left the Republican Party in 2019, citing his disillusionment with its partisanship under Trump. He became an Independent and later joined the Libertarian Party. Amash has criticized Trump’s conduct, calling for his impeachment in 2019.
8. Ben Sasse
The Nebraska senator has repeatedly criticized the character and policies of Trump. He has questioned Trump’s commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law. Sasse has also expressed concern about the long-term impact of Trump’s presidency on the Republican Party.
9. Susan Collins
In recent years, Maine Senator Susan Collins has frequently criticized Donald Trump’s behavior and policies. She has disagreed with his approach to healthcare reform and immigration policy. Collins has called for greater civility and bipartisanship in American politics.
10. Jeff Flake
The former Arizona senator has been an outspoken critic of Trump, even writing a book condemning his behavior. Flake chose not to seek re-election in 2018 due to his opposition to Trump. He has urged Republicans to put country before party loyalty.
11. Bob Corker
Former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker publicly feuded with Trump during his time in office. He criticized Trump’s leadership and referred to the White House as an “adult daycare center.” Corker retired from the Senate in 2019 and has remained critical of Trump.
12. Bill Weld
Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld launched a long-shot primary challenge against Trump in the 2020 election. Weld has criticized Trump’s character and policy decisions, particularly on climate change and foreign relations. He ultimately endorsed Joe Biden for President in 2020.
13. Carly Fiorina
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has expressed her disapproval of Trump’s leadership and character. She endorsed Joe Biden for president in the 2020 election, citing the need for principled leadership. Fiorina has also emphasized the importance of integrity and empathy in political leaders.
14. Peter Meijer
Rep. Peter Meijer is one of the few freshman Republican House members who voted to impeach President Trump after the Capitol riots. He has spoken out against the former president’s role in spreading disinformation about the election results. Meijer believes the Republican Party must move beyond Trump to focus on policy and core values.
15. Paul Mitchell
Mitchell resigned from the Republican Party in 2020 after Trump undermined the election results. He criticized the former president’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election and registered as an Independent. Mitchell has called for the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump.
16. Adam Kinzinger
Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been vocal in his opposition to Trump, particularly after the Capitol insurrection. He voted for Trump’s second impeachment and called for the former president to be held accountable for his actions. Kinzinger has stressed the importance of truth and accountability in American politics.
17. Francis Rooney
Former Florida Congressman Francis Rooney has criticized Trump’s handling of foreign policy, particularly with regards to Russia. He has expressed concern about Trump’s apparent affinity for authoritarian leaders. Rooney did not seek re-election in 2020, citing the divisive political climate.
18. John Warner
The late John Warner, former Senator from Virginia, endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential election. He cited Trump’s failure to unify the country and his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Warner believed that Biden was better suited to address the challenges facing the nation.
19. Charlie Dent
Former Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent has been an outspoken critic of Trump and the polarization he has brought to American politics. He retired from Congress in 2018, stating that Trump’s divisiveness made it difficult for him to continue in his role. Dent has advocated for a return to bipartisan cooperation and policy-focused governance.
20. Michael Steele
In his latest column, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele criticized Trump’s divisive rhetoric and leadership style. He has expressed concern about the future of the Republican Party under Trump’s influence. Steele endorsed Joe Biden for President in 2020, believing he would bring much-needed stability and integrity to the White House.
The 20 Republican politicians mentioned above have each expressed their disapproval or non-support for Donald Trump in their unique ways. While their reasons may vary, these individuals highlight the diversity of thought within the Republican Party and a desire to promote the values of democracy, bipartisanship, and integrity in American politics. As the party continues to evolve, their stances may influence future policy discussions and the overall direction of the GOP.