List of Republicans who opposed the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign
The following list was copied from Wikipedia  This is a list of Anti-Trump or Never Trump Republicans and conservatives who announced their opposition to the election of Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican Party nominee and eventual winner of the election, as the President of the United States. It also includes former Republicans who left the party due to their opposition to Trump and as well as Republicans who endorsed a different candidate. It includes Republican presidential primary election candidates that announced opposition to Trump as the nominee. Some of the Republicans on this list threw their support to Trump after he won the presidential election, while many of them continue to oppose Trump. Offices listed are those held at the time of the 2016 election. Research on the Never Trump movement shows that Mormon and female Republicans were the most likely groups to oppose Trump's candidacy while non-Mormon and male Republicans were the most supportive.
Government officials - Former U.S. presidents

George H. W. Bush, US President (1989–1993); VP (1981–89) voted for Clinton
George W. Bush, US President (2001–09); Gov of Texas (1995–2000)
Former 2016 Republican presidential primary candidates
All candidates signed a pledge to eventually support the party nominee. The following refused to honor it after Trump became the Republican presidential nominee.
  • Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida (1999–2007)
  • Mark Everson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue (2003–2007)
  • Carly Fiorina, originally endorsed Trump for the general election but called for Mike Pence to take his place as nominee after the Access Hollywood Tape surfaced
  • Lindsey Graham, US Senator (2003–present) voted for Evan McMullin
  • John Kasich, Gov. of Ohio (2011–19); US Rep. (1983–01) wrote in John McCain
  • George Pataki, Gov. NY (1995–2006)
Former federal cabinet-level officials  
  • William Bennett, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (1989–90); US Secretary of Education (1985–88)
  • Bill Brock, US Secretary of Labor (1985–1987); US Trade Representative (1981–85); US Senator TN (1971–77); Chair of the Rep National Committee (1977–81)
  • Michael Chertoff, US Sec't' of Homeland Security (2005–09); endorsed Clinton
  • Bill Cohen, US Sec't of Defense (1997–01); US Senator ME (1979–97) endorsed Hillary Clinton
  • Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defense (2006–11); Director of CIA (1991–93)
  • Carlos Gutierrez, US Secretary of Commerce (2005–09) endorsed Clinton
  • Carla Anderson Hills, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1975–77), US Trade Representative (1989–93) endorsed Hillary Clinton
  • Ray LaHood, US Sec't of Transportation (2009–13), U.S. Rep IL (1995–09)
  • Greg Mankiw, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (2003–2005)
  • Mel Martinez, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2001–03); US Senator FL (2005–09); General Chair of the Rep National Committee (2007)
  • Michael Mukasey, US Attorney General (2007–09)
  • John Negroponte, US Ambassador to the UN (2001–04); Director of National Intelligence (2005–07); US Deputy Sec't of State (2007–09) endorsed Clinton
  • Henry Paulson, US Secretary of the Treasury (2006–09) endorsed  Clinton
  • Rob Portman, Senator OH (2010–present); US Trade Representative (2005–06), Director of the OMB (2006–07) wrote in Mike Pence
  • Colin Powell, US Secretary of State (2001–05), National Security Advisor (1987–89) voted for Hillary Clinton
  • William K. Reilly, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (1989–1992) (endorsed Hillary Clinton)
  • Condoleezza Rice, US Sec't of State (2005–09), Nat Security Advisor (2001–05)
  • Tom Ridge, United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005); Homeland Security Advisor (2001–2003); Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001)
  • William Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (1970–1973, 1983–1985) (endorsed Hillary Clinton)
  • Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor (1975–1977, 1989–1993); Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (2001–2005) endorsed Hillary Clinton
  • George P. Shultz, United States Secretary of Labor (1969–1970); Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1970–1972); United States Secretary of the Treasury (1972–1974); United States Secretary of State (1982–1989)
  • Louis Wade Sullivan, US Secretary of HHS (1989–93) endorsed Hillary Clinton
  • Christine Todd Whitman, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2001–2003); Governor of New Jersey (1994–2001) (endorsed Hillary Clinton)
  • Paul Wolfowitz, Pres. of the World Bank (2005–07); US Deputy Sec't of Defense (2001–05)
  • Robert Zoellick, Pres. of the World Bank (2007–12); U.S. Trade Representative (2001–05); US Deputy Secretary of State (2005–06)

Rice & Powell

  • Charlie Baker, Massachusetts (2015–present)
  • Robert J. Bentley, Alabama (2011–2017)
  • Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota (2011–2019)
  • Bill Haslam, Tennessee (2011–2019)
  • Gary Herbert,Utah (2009–2019)
  • Larry Hogan, Maryland (2015–present)
  • John Kasich, Ohio (2011–2019)....listed above with 2016 GOP candidates
  • Susana Martinez, NM (2011–19); + Chair of the Rep Gov Assoc (2015–16)
  • Bruce Rauner, Illinois (2015–2019)
  • Brian Sandoval,Nevada (2011–2019)
  • Phil Scott, Vermont (2017–present)
  • Rick Snyder, Michigan (2011–2019)

Former Governors: Mitt Romney - MA; Arnold Schwarzenegger - CA; Arne Carlson - MN; A. Linwood Holton Jr., VA; Jon Huntsman Jr. - UT; William Milliken, MI; Kay Orr, NB; Tim Pawlenty, MN; Marc Racicot, MT; William Weld, MA; Christine Whitman, NJ

Gov. Martinez

U.S. Senators (sitting & former)
John McCain, AZ; Kelly Ayotte, NH (2011–2017); Susan Collins, ME; Jeff Flake, AZ; Cory Gardner, CO; Lindsey Graham, SC; Dean Heller, NV; Mike Lee, UT; Mark Kirk, IL; Lisa Murkowski, AK; Rob Portman, OH; Ben Sasse, NB; Dan Sullivan, AK; Norm Coleman, MN; David Durenberger, MN; Slade Gorton, WS; Gordon J. Humphrey, NH; John Warner, VA.
U.S. Representatives
Joe Heck, NV; Justin Amash, MI; Mike Coffman, CO; Barbara Comstock, VA; Carlos Curbelo, FL; Rodney Davis, IL; Charlie Dent, PA; Bob Dold, IL; Richard L. Hanna, NY; Cresent Hardy, NV; Joe Heck, NV; Jaime Herrera Beutler, WA; Will Hurd, TX; David Jolly, FL; John Katko, NY; Adam Kinzinger, IL; Steve Knight, CA; Frank LoBiondo,NJ; Mia Love, UT; Martha McSally, AZ; Pat Meehan,PA; Erik Paulsen, MN; Reid Ribble, WI; Scott Rigell, VA; Martha Roby, AL; Tom Rooney, FL; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL; Mike Simpson, ID; Fred Upton, MI; David Valadao, CA; Ann Wagner, MO; Joe Scarborough FL; Steve Bartlett, TX; Bob Bauman, MD; Sherwood Boehlert, NY; Jack Buechner, MO; Tom Campbell, CA; Bill Clinger, PA; Tom Coleman, MO; Geoff Davis, KY; Mickey Edwards, OK; David F. Emery, ME; Harris Fawell, IL; Ed Foreman, TX; Amo Houghton, NY; Bob Inglis, SC; Jim Kolbe, AZ; Steve Kuykendall, CA; Jim Leach, IA; Pete McCloskey, CA (Democrat since 2007); Connie Morella, MD; Mike Parker, MS; Tom Petri, WI; John Porter, IL; Claudine Schneider, RI; Chris Shays, CT; Peter Smith, VT; Mark Souder, IN; J.C. Watts, OK; Edward Weber, OH; Vin Weber, MN; G. William Whitehurst, VA; Dick Zimmer, NJ.
Former State Department officials
  • Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • John B. Bellinger III, Legal Adviser of the Department of State; Legal Adviser to the National Security Council
  • Robert Blackwill, United States Ambassador to India; Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning
  • R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; United States Ambassador to NATO; Ambassador to Greece
  • Eliot A. Cohen, Counselor of the United States Department of State
  • Chester Crocker, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Jendayi Frazer, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • James K. Glassman, Under Sec't of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs
  • David F. Gordon, Director of Policy Planning
  • Donald Gregg, United States Ambassador to South Korea
  • David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
  • John Hillen, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Reuben Jeffery III, Under Sec't of St. - Economic Growth, Energy & Environment
  • Robert Joseph, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
  • David J. Kramer, Assistant Sec't of State for Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor
  • Stephen D. Krasner, Director of Policy Planning
  • Frank Lavin, United States Ambassador to Singapore; Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
  • Robert McCallum, Ambassador to Australia; Acting US Dep Attorney General
  • Richard Miles, Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Georgia; Acting United States Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan;
  • Roger Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • John Osborn, Member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
  • Kristen Silverberg, Assist. Sec't of State for International Organization Affairs
  • William Howard Taft IV, Legal Adviser of the Department of State; Ambassador to NATO; US Deputy Secretary of Defense;
  • Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Sr Adv - Women's Empowerment; Special Assist. to the Pres Democracy, Human Rights & International Ops
  • Betty Tamposi, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
  • Peter Teeley, United States Ambassador to Canada
  • Robert Tuttle, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Philip Zelikow, Counselor of the United States Department of State
Former Defense Department officials (active)
  • Don Bacon, Brigadier Gen, US Air Force & Representative for NB's 2nd district
  • Seth Cropsey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities;
  • Michael B. Donley, US Secretary of the Air Force ;
  • Eric Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy;
  • Doug Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy;
  • Robert Hastings, Acting Assistant to the Sec't of Defense for Public Affairs;
  • Tim Kane, US Air Force intelligence officer; Chief Labor Economist, Joint Economic Committee;
  • Mary Beth Long, Assistant Sec't of Defense for International Security Affairs;
  • Alberto J. Mora, General Counsel of the Navy;
  • Gale Pollock, Acting Surgeon General of the United States Army;
  • Martha Rainville, Major General, Air Force; Vermont Adjutant General;
  • Michael Rubin, Defense Country Director for Iran and Iraq;
  • Kalev Sepp, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Capabilities;
  • Matthew Waxman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs ;
  • Dov Zakheim, Comptroller of the Department of Defense;

Former National Security officials:

Ken Adelman, Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Mike Baker, covert operations officer, Central Intelligence Agency; Tom Donnelly, Director of the Policy Group, House Armed Services Committee; Gary Edson, Deputy National Security Advisor; Richard Falkenrath, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor; Peter Feaver, Senior Director for Strategic Planning; Aaron Friedberg, Dep Nat Security Advisor to the VP; Greg Garcia, Ass Sec't of Homeland Security for Cyber Security & Telecommunications; Michael Green, Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council; Paul Haenle, Director for China and Taiwan, National Security Council; Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006–2009); William Inboden, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council; James Jeffrey, Deputy National Security Advisor; James C. Langdon, Jr., Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board; Deborah Loewer, Director of the White House Situation Room; Evan McMullin, Operations officer, Central Intelligence Agency + Senior Adviser for National Security, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Paul D. Miller, Director for Afghanistan, National Security Council; Meghan O'Sullivan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan; Kori Schake, Director of Defense Strategy, National Security Council; Gary Schmitt, Executive Director of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board; David Shedd, Deputy Director of National Intelligence; Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; Stephen Slick, Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council; Frances Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor; Kenneth Wainstein, Homeland Security Advisor.

Gen. Hayden

Other former federal government officials

Bill Kristol, former Chief of Staff to the VP Dan Quayle & founder of The Weekly Standard; Donald B. Ayer, United States Deputy Attorney General; Phillip D. Brady, White House Staff Secretary & Cabinet Secretary; Paul K. Charlton, US Attorney; Linda Chavez, Director of the Office of Public Liaison; Jim Cicconi, White House Staff Secretary; Scott Evertz, Director of the Office of National AIDS Polic; Tony Fratto, Deputy White House Press Secretary; Charles Fried, United States Solicitor General; Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Fred T. Goldberg, Jr., Assistant Sec't of the Treasury for Tax Policy; Commissioner of IRS; Theodore Kassinger, US Deputy Secretary of Commerce; Thomas Mallon, Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Rosario Marin, Treasurer of the United States; John McKay, former United States Attorney; Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the US Agency for International Dev; Chair of the MA Republican Party; Daniel F. Runde, Director of the Global Development Alliance; Larry D. Thompson, United States Deputy Attorney General; Dan Webb, former United States Attorney; Peter Wehner, Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives; Lezlee Westine, Director of the Office of Public Liaison; Peter Zeidenberg, Assistant United States Attorney.

Other public figures Staff, advisors, activists
  • Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States
  • Ben Shapiro, conservative commentator
  • George Will, conservative commentator
  • Steve Baer, former President, United Republican Fund of Illinois
  • Ellen Bork, political consultant
  • Marvin Bush, (son of George H. W. Bush, brother of G. W. Bush & Jeb Bush
  • Al Cardenas, former chair of the Republican Party of Florida
  • Patrick Chovanec, economist
  • Beau Correll, attorney, political activist
  • Mindy Finn, political consultant, strategist, and activist
  • Darryl Glenn, 2016 nominee for U.S. Senator from Colorado
  • Juan Hernandez, political consultant, co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of TX
  • Matt Higgins, former press secretary for NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Robert Kagan, former foreign policy advisor and speechwriter
  • Matt Kibbe, libertarian ideals advocate
  • Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud
  • Kevin Madden, spokesperson for 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney
  • Ken Mehlman, former Chair of the Republican National Committee
  • Mike Murphy, political consultant and commentator
  • William F. B. O'Reilly, political strategist, conservative columnist
  • Patrick Ruffini, political strategist
  • Mark Salter, chief aide to John McCain
  • Randy Scheunemann, national security and foreign policy advisor
  • Steve Schmidt, John McCain's Presidential campaign chairman, strategist
  • Gabriel Schoenfeld, Senior Advisor to 2012 presidential nominee M. Romney
  • Lionel Sosa, political consultant
  • A. J. Spiker, Chair of the Iowa Republican Party
  • Stuart Stevens, political consultant and strategist
  • Mac Stipanovich, strategist and lobbyist; former Chief of Staff to Bob Martinez
  • John Weaver, strategist
  • Rick Wilson, political consultant and former Republican strategist.


Academics, journalists, authors, commentators
  • Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar and Director of Japanese Studies at the American Enterprise Institute;
  • Glenn Beck, former Fox News host, radio host, columnist, and author
  • Guy Benson, journalist
  • Michael Berry, radio host
  • Max Boot, author
  • L. Brent Bozell III, activist and writer
  • David Brooks, columnist
  • Christine Caine, evangelical author
  • Steven G. Calabresi, legal scholar and co-founder of the Federalist Society
  • Mona Charen, columnist and author
  • Lanhee Chen, academic and commentator
  • Joshua Claybourn, attorney, author, and former convention delegate
  • Ross Douthat, columnist
  • Daniel W. Drezner, blogger
  • Richard Epstein, legal scholar
  • Erick Erickson, blogger
  • Niall Ferguson, professor of history
  • David A. French, author and journalist
  • David Frum, columnist and speechwriter for George W. Bush
  • Jeffrey Gedmin, author
  • Robert P. George, academic
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht, writer
  • Michael Gerson, columnist and speechwriter for George W. Bush
  • Jonah Goldberg, columnist and author
  • Michael Graham, radio host
  • Mary R. Habeck, professor of strategic studies
  • David Harsanyi, columnist[130] Stephen F. Hayes, columnist
  • Quin Hillyer, columnist
  • Margaret Hoover, consultant and commentator
  • (the late) Charles Krauthammer, columnist
  • Matt K. Lewis, columnist and commentator
  • Dana Loesch, author and commentator
  • Peter Mansoor, military historian
  • Meghan McCain, commentator, daughter of Senator John McCain
  • Beth Moore, evangelical author
  • Russell D. Moore, evangelical theologian
  • Charles Murray, political scientist and commentator
  • Ana Navarro, strategist and commentator

Business leaders

  • Meg Whitman, current HP CEO, former eBay CEO, nominee for Gov of CA
  • Daniel Akerson, former Chairman and CEO of General Motors
  • Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape;
  • Mike Fernandez, founder of MBF Healthcare Partners
  • Seth Klarman, founder of Baupost Group
  • Hamid R. Moghadam, CEO of Prologis
  • James Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International
  • Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco Systems
  • Paul Singer, founder and CEO of Elliott Management Corporation
  • Harry E. Sloan, former CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Jack Welch former CEO of General Electric
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  • Tom Nichols, national security affairs scholar
  • John Noonan, national security analyst and commentator
  • Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World
  • P.J. O'Rourke, author, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute
  • Mackubin Thomas Owens, national security advisor
  • Katie Pavlich, journalist
  • Daniel Pipes, historian and columnist
  • Danielle Pletka, foreign policy writer
  • John Podhoretz, writer and columnist
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz, journalist
  • Jennifer Rubin, journalist
  • Ben Shapiro, columnist and commentator
  • Bret Stephens, journalist
  • Charlie Sykes, author, radio host, MSNBC commentator
  • Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ruth Wedgwood, professor of international law and diplomacy
  • Jamie Weinstein, political journalist
  • Montel Williams, talk show host and commentator
  • Kevin D. Williamson, writer
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posted 08.28.19