Prominent Republican leaders refuse to endorse Donald Trump, but supporters view him as relatable

Although it is assumed prominent political leaders would support their party's presidential nominee, several are refusing to vote for Donald Trump in November. The Bush family is refraining from endorsing him, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney vocally speaks against Trump and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared he won't be voting for Trump.

Fifty Republican national security officials signed a letter stating that Trump "would put at risk our country's national security and well-being," and many other leaders have echoed those sentiments. This makes the public wonder why current and former elected officials don't support the nominee, and who really does support Trump.

Supporters think he is a 'regular guy'

Support for Donald Trump remains the strongest among people who make less than $50,000 a year, according to the Washington Post. This is followed by male supporters at 47 percent and white non-evangelical/Catholic voters at 44 percent. The reasons for supporting Trump vary. Darrin Hahn, 45, from east of Baton Rouge told the Washington Post: "I'm not down with any more politicans — we need some common sense in this.. We bring them into office to do certain things, and they're not doing it — so why the hell am I going to make 'em president?" Hahn when on to say that Trump is a "regular guy" who eats Wendy's on the jet he owns himself.

Bush family backs away

Despite the Bush family's prominence in the political world. Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush have abstained from passing judgment on Donald Trump. However, former First Lady Barbabra Bush has publicly stated she could never vote for Trump. "I mean, unbelievable. I don't know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly, it's terrible," she said to CBS in February.

Trump campaigns in Baltimore, but Hogan skips event

Photo courtesy of The Baltimore Sun
As Donald Trump spoke in Baltimore, his first time appearing in the state as the GOP nominee, Gov. Larry Hogan did not attend, The Baltimore Sun reported Sept. 12. But it's not surprising Hogan would withhold support for Trump, as governor of a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans
more than 2-to-1 in party registration. Hogan also skipped the Republican National Convention this summer and has publicly stated he will not be voting for Trump in November, according to a June 15 Washington Post article. Hogan is quoted in the Baltimore Sun saying he is "not a Trump fan" and that he doesn't "have any obligation at all to be involved in national politics."

Most constituents have their minds made up

Although a lack of endorsements may be perceived as a powerful message to voters, many young adults already have an unfavorable view of Trump. An August GenForward poll reveals that 75 percent of adults, ages 18-30, do not think Trump is qualified to be president. Senior journalism major Molly Podlesny said it does not affect her opinion. To her, it has always been clear Trump wasn't "really" a Republican. "My opinion is already low, so it says more about the party," she said.

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