Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several ‘peaceful’ nights Conway says even more ‘hidden, undercover’ Trump voters will help him win reelection Disrupting the presidential debates MORE, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to back President TrumpDonald John TrumpKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several ‘peaceful’ nights MSNBC’s Joy Reid concedes ‘framing’ of Muslim comments ‘didn’t work’ Conway says even more ‘hidden, undercover’ Trump voters will help him win reelection MORE‘s removal from the White House.
“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,” Synder said in USA Today op-ed.
Synder, who served as Michigan governor between 2011 and 2018, declined to publicly endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign. He said that he hoped the president would find a way to govern in a way that unified the nation. Instead, the president has directed all of his attention to his supporters, Synder said.
The former governor described the president as a “bully” who is “verbally abusive” toward those who disagree with him. He also claimed Trump “ignores the truth” while also demonstrating a lack of knowledge about policy matters including public health, the economy and foreign relations.
“Some regulatory reforms have been helpful. But his tax reform was a failure,” Synder said. “It didn’t have real long-term value, enriched large corporations and violated the basic principles of good tax reform to be simple, fair, and efficient.”
Synder concluded the op-ed by pushing for a return to civility, arguing that Biden is best suited for that job.
“I hope you will join me and help others by using Relentless Positive Action to elect Joe Biden as America’s next president,” Synder said.
The endorsement from Synder comes as the 2020 campaign enters its final stretch. He joined nearly 100 Republicans who on Thursday endorsed Biden.
Dozens of other Republicans, including former Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMaybe they just don’t like cowboys: The president is successful, some just don’t like his style Bush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath The Hill’s Convention Report: Trump rails on mail voting at surprise convention appearance | Republicans prepare for convention close-up | New York AG investigating Trump Org MORE (Ariz.) and John Warner (Va.) and former Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentBush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath The Hill’s Convention Report: Trump rails on mail voting at surprise convention appearance | Republicans prepare for convention close-up | New York AG investigating Trump Org Jeff Flake, dozens of former GOP congressmen joining ‘Republicans for Biden’ MORE (Pa.), have come out in support of the former vice president.
More than 70 former national security officials who served under Republican administrations also endorsed Biden last month, saying in a joint statement that Trump has “disappointed millions of voters who put their faith in him and has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term.”
National and state polls show Biden with a lead over Trump in his bid for the presidency. A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Biden with a 7.2-point advantage over the president nationally. He also leads by about 2 points in Michigan, a key battleground state that Trump carried in 2016, according to RCP averages.