Republicans Assist Biden in Opposition to Trump
In a surprising turn of events, President Biden’s campaign for reelection might receive backing from a segment often viewed as opposition: the Republicans.
There’s a growing number of Republicans, including some who previously worked under the Trump administration, openly expressing their preference for Biden over Trump if faced with a rematch in the general election. Their primary concern is Trump’s perceived threat to the democratic foundations of the U.S.
Sarah Matthews, who served as a press aide for Trump and resigned following the events of January 6, 2021, stated she would choose Biden over Trump if the latter becomes the Republican nominee. Her decision stems from Trump’s actions surrounding the peaceful transfer of power and the Capitol attack.
Polls indicate a significant portion of Nikki Haley’s supporters in Iowa would also favor Biden in a head-to-head with Trump. This willingness among some Republicans to cross party lines could play a pivotal role in the upcoming November elections. It raises the question: Will Republicans who are skeptical of Trump support him, or will they strengthen Biden’s campaign in what’s expected to be a tightly contested race?
Campaign strategists suggest the election outcome may hinge on which candidate can more effectively mobilize their base, given the small number of undecided voters.
Ammar Moussa, a spokesperson for Biden’s campaign, highlighted Biden’s efforts to unite the country and govern for all Americans, pointing to successes like infrastructure legislation and job growth. The campaign welcomes support from all who recognize the danger Trump and his extremist allies pose.
While many Republicans hesitant about Trump hope for Haley’s nomination, Trump’s strong performance in Iowa and leading polls in early primary states suggest he’s likely to be the nominee.
Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a critic of Trump and member of the House committee investigating January 6, unequivocally stated his support for Biden over Trump on CNN. Similarly, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s short-tenured White House communications director, declared he would “100 percent” back Biden, emphasizing the election’s significance for democracy.
Other Republicans haven’t outright declared support for Biden but have expressed inability to back Trump again. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), an outspoken Trump critic, acknowledged her policy disagreements with Biden but stressed the importance of upholding the Constitution over policy differences.
Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former Trump and Pence press aide, has doubts about Biden’s chances but warns of dire consequences for democracy should Trump win. Even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) didn’t dismiss the possibility of supporting Biden over Trump.
While a third-party candidacy might attract some anti-Trump conservatives, Democrats see value in Biden reaching out to this Republican faction. David Axelrod, a former Obama White House senior adviser, suggested on CNN that Biden could appeal to those Republicans who acknowledge the legitimacy of the last election and are concerned about Trump’s fitness for office.