Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, said he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, Politico reported Thursday.
Armitage told Politico that he will vote for Clinton in the general election if Trump is the GOP nominee because he is not sure that Trump actually is a Republican.
“If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton,” Armitage told the publication. “He doesn’t appear to be to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.”
Armitage is the highest-ranking former GOP national security official to openly support Clinton over Trump. He told Politico that he is not sure if other conservatives would come forward to support Clinton over Trump as well, saying many are “in a fog” over their choices.
The former Bush administration official is not the first GOPer to say he’d vote for Clinton over Trump. Top Republican donor Meg Whitman hinted at support for Clinton during a meeting last week, as did GOP advisor Max Boot, who called Clinton “vastly preferable to Trump.”