HPE CEO Whitman Throws Her Support Behind Clinton
The longtime player in GOP politics says a Trump presidency represents a significant threat to the US and she is choosing country over party.Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman once ran as a Republican for the California gubernatorial seat, served on the campaigns of GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and has used her considerable wealth to back other Republican candidates as well. Now Whitman says she will not only vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but also will raise money for her and her super PAC and will encourage her Republican contacts to do the same. In an interview with the New York Times and a posting on Facebook, the HPE CEO said that despite differences she has with Clinton on a broad range of issues, the threat that GOP candidate Donald Trump represents to the United States made it incumbent on Republicans to "put country first before party." "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," Whitman wrote on her Facebook page, savaging Trump for being "reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues. … Trump's unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more."
Whitman's endorsement is a significant win for Clinton, who along with other speakers at last month's Democratic National Convention made it clear they were wooing Republican leaders and donors who may be increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of a Trump presidency. Whitman has been vocal of her distaste for the real estate mogul, calling him a demagogue and reportedly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini during a private gathering of Republican donors earlier this year. She told the New York Times she "absolutely" stood by her comments, and said a Trump presidency posed a significant risk to the country.