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Perhaps the time Republican leadership spent trying to make sure Donald Trump would be loyal to the party, would have been better spent on others within the establishment.
A growing list of Republicans have vowed they will not be going to the Republican National Convention this year, according to CNN.
Among those who won’t be showing up are two former GOP presidents George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush.
An aide for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, one of the most vocal opponents of Trump, also said he would not be attending, CNN reported. While Arizona Sen. John McCain and 2008 nominee, had his mind made up a month ago that he would be a no-show.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, on the other hand, encouraged members of the party to attend, even as he said he was “not ready” to endorse the presumptive nominee. Former Speaker John Boehner also said he would be there, CNN reported.
None of Trump’s primary opponents have yet confirmed they will attend, according to CNN, but a spokesman for former Gov. Mike Huckabee said he’ll likely show.
Trump doesn’t seem to be bothered either way.
“When I hear that they are going to sit it out, I think that’s fine I don’t care if they sit it out,” Trump told CNBC. “But I have tremendous support, in fact even politically you see that so many people are now coming out in support and we are going to have some people that aren’t going to want to play the game and that’s okay. I mean if they don’t want to, I don’t think it matters.”
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