In an unlikely scenario, five Republicans have come together to help elect Hillary Clinton as president of the United States.
“Republican Women for Hillary” held its first steering committee meeting on Monday week with one goal in mind: Stop Donald Trump, according to CNN.
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“It’s really important that Republican leaders, especially Republican women leaders, stand up right now and say we’re not OK with Trump representing our party,” said longtime Republican Jennifer Lim, a group founder who works at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is not a position I ever wanted to find myself in. But it’s important that when things like this happen that people speak up.”
The group hopes their efforts make it easier for other Republicans to oppose Trump.
CNN further explained their motivation:
Faced with a choice between Clinton and Trump, some Republicans have begrudgingly agreed to support him while others are simply opting out of the election. But for these women who founded the group, (and one man who has joined in solidarity), Trump’s bombastic style, offensive rhetoric toward women and minorities, slapdash policy “suggestions” risk destroying the party.
This is the post-primary Never Trump movement in action. Their new organization, which is not affiliated with the Clinton campaign, is part support group and part activist hub: They intend to host off-the-record social events for like-minded conservatives and sponsor get-out-the-vote efforts for Clinton. They started in May by launching accounts on Facebook and Twitter and are planning to make an appearance at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia next month.
The group’s efforts are more about what, or who, they are against, not what they are for.
“Our group isn’t about selling Clinton. It’s about using your vote to keep Trump out of office,” Lim said. “We’re not going to be in the business of convincing people that Hillary Clinton will be the savior of all of our policy issues. We’re trying to convince people that your vote has a political and moral purpose, and it’s important to use that.”
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