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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

NeverTrump Update

In Defying the Odds, we discuss the 2016 campaign. The 2019 update includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms. The 2020 race, the subject of our next book, is well underway

  An unusual aspect of the campaign is the number of high-profile Republicans supporting Biden.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, said in a USA Today op-ed published Thursday that he will vote for Joe Biden because "President Trump lacks a moral compass" and "ignores the truth."
  • What he's saying: Snyder called Trump a "bully" for verbally abusing those who oppose or disagree with him. He added the president has "demonstrated that he does not fully appreciate public policy matters, including public health, the economy and foreign relations, nor does he seem to want to learn."
  • "I will continue to support and stand up for Republican policies and values, and support Republican candidates, but I will not support Donald Trump for reelection."
  • "A great leader treats people with respect even when they present different opinions. Without a variety of views and opinions, we would have no innovation or creativity in our nation," Snyder wrote.
  • "Being a bully and being strong are not the same thing. Being strong is standing up for your convictions. Being a bully is trying to intimidate those who are perceived to be weaker or a threat.
  • "As a proud nerd, I had to deal with bullies over many years; it is tragedy watching our world suffer from one."
Go deeper: The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020