Christine Todd Whitman, a former governor of New Jersey, is one of the Never Trump supporters who decided to try to support the Center Republicans, a vanishing generation in a party still dominated by Trump and his allies.
Whitman is the co-chair of the Center for United States Democracy, a bipartisan organization to counter Trump’s attempts to undermine elections, and an adviser to the American Renewal Movement, another anti-Trump group led by Miles Taylor, who wrote an anonymous op-ed essay. in The New York Times while he was a Department of Homeland Security official in the Trump administration.
“I’m a Republican, and so I hope we win in the primaries,” Whitman said in an interview, referring to her centrist colleagues. She hopes, she added, to help elect enough moderate Republicans to “support some of those who want to get on their feet and are just so afraid of party leadership.”
The Senate, however, where Democrats are more likely to retain their majority, is a different story. There, she works to help Democrats, “at least so they can fight back some of the worst, most egregious things that are going to happen in the House of Representatives,” she explained. In Arizona, for example, she plans to support Senator Mark Kelly, the incumbent Democrat.
Asked if she wanted the Republicans to win a majority in Congress, Whitman said: “If we see the dominance of the extreme right, then no.”
Disillusionment with Democrats
Several anti-Trump Republicans have expressed dissatisfaction with the left wing of the Democratic Party, which they say misunderstands the political moment and too often uses reasons, such as defunding the police, that do not poll swing voters well.
“I think Democrats are a lot of concern,” said Charlie Sykes, founder and editor-in-chief of The Bulwark, which has become a gathering place for anti-Trump commentators and activists.