HPE CEO Whitman Makes Case Against Trump Presidency
The GOP donor has been active in the push within the party against Trump, who she compared to Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is fast becoming a key voice in the effort by some in the Republican Party to push back against presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Whitman, a GOP mega-donor and a player in national politics for the party, reportedly compared Trump to Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini during a private gathering of Republican donors and politicians over the weekend, and at the same event grilled House Speaker Paul Ryan about his reluctant endorsement of the billionaire New York developer. She also implied that Democratic presumptive nominee and longtime GOP foe Hillary Clinton could be the better choice for president. Whitman's comments, first reported by The Washington Post, came during former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's annual closed-door summit in Utah. Trump, who has no experience in politics, has torn asunder unity within the GOP since entering the race a year ago with a series of remarks that attack minorities, women and immigrants. Most recently, he has repeatedly accused the judge overseeing two lawsuits involving the billionaire's Trump University of being biased against him because he is Mexican. The judge is actually a U.S. citizen of Mexican heritage. Many Republicans have roundly criticized Trump for his comments—Ryan called them the "textbook definition" of racism—but most also continue to endorse him, calling him a better alternative than Clinton.
Trump also has many worried about some of his comments on international policy—such as the United States leaving NATO or encouraging the proliferation of nuclear armament around the world—as well as his strategy for the general election, including focusing on states like New York and California, which almost always vote Democratic in national elections and are seen as solidly blue.