A partial list of key Republicans who didn't think Trump would be (or should be) president:
- Mike Pence supported Ted Cruz when the Republican primary candidates were down to three (Trump, Cruz and Kasich).
- Kellyanne Conway supported Ted Cruz and criticized Trump for his vulgar and unpresidential language, for his hypocrisy in claiming he was for the little guy while building his business on the backs of the little guy (including victims of Trump University and Atlantic City), for not releasing his tax returns, for saying the system was corrupt and rigged without even knowing the rules, for being part of the establishment, for suggesting some form of punishment for women who have abortions, for receiving billions of dollars in free media coverage, for not being able to answer tough questions and for lying.
- Colin Powell did not endorse Trump and said he would vote for Hillary Clinton
- Ted Cruz called Trump "a serial philanderer,” a “pathological liar,” and “utterly amoral."
- Mitt Romney called Trump "a phony, a fraud" and objected to his dishonesty, bullying, greed, showing off, misogyny, and his "absurd third-grade theatrics." He didn't attend the Republican National Convention (RNC).
- Jeb Bush said he would not vote for Trump, saying that Trump "continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans" and that "Trump's abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America's big challenges." He did not attend the RNC.
- George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush would not endorse Trump and did not attend the RNC.
- John Kasich said he could not support Trump as a "matter of conscience" and criticized Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, divisiveness and name-calling, and did not attend the RNC in his own state.
- Lindsey Graham called Trump a jackass and thought he should have been kicked out of the Republican Party. He did not attend the RNC.
- Jeff Flake told Trump "Yes, I’m the other senator from Arizona -- the one who didn’t get captured -- and I want to talk to you about statements like that" (referring to Trump's criticism of John McCain for being a POW). He didn't attend the RNC, saying he had to stay home and mow his lawn.
- John McCain said Trump's "demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.” He also criticized Trump for his comments about Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazal Khan. He continued to back Trump, but worried it would impact his chances of being reelected.
- Ben Sasse did not endorse Trump and criticized him for his "relentless" focus on dividing Americans and having "no understanding" of the U.S. Constitution. He didn't attend the RNC, saying he would rather watch a dumpster fire.
- Mark Kirk did not support Trump because he did not believe he had the temperament to command our military.
- Charlie Baker expressed concerns that Trump had an unwillingness to "collaborate, and work across the aisle, and get stuff done in a public setting."
- Mike Lee criticized Trump for his religious intolerance and lack of understanding of America's separation of powers.
- George Pataki said he didn't think Trump should be president and feared he would "drive the Republican party off a cliff." He did not attend the RNC.
- Mark Sanford publicly expressed concern over Trump's lack of knowledge of the Constitution after Trump referred to Article XII (there is no Article XII).
- Susan Collins said she could not vote for Trump due to his "constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize."
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