Sally Bradshaw, a former advisor to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, has left the Republical Party because of Donald Trump. Bradshaw said her decision was “reinforced” after Trump “belittled” a Muslim woman whose son sacrificed his life fighting for the US Army in 2004. During his entire campaign, Trump has been embroiled in controversies, one after another. The latest, which brought ridicule to Trump from across the world, was his comment on a Muslim woman whose son, a US soldier, had died in Iraq. In an interview on ABC, Trump had cast doubts on Ghazala Khan, mother of slain US Army Captain Humayun Khan, as she stood silent while her husband addressed the Democatic National Convention recently. Trump had said: “She was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”
Disturbed over Trump’s comments, Bradshaw (50) decided to become an independent voter. In an interview to the CNN, she said, “Donald Trump belittled a woman who gave birth to a son who died fighting for the US. If anything, that reinforced my decision to become an independent voter.”
Bradshaw said Trump cannot be elected as the President as “this is the time when country has to take priority over political parties”. Bradshaw has been considered as a loyalist to the Bush family. She had earlier also worked with the presidential campaign of George HW Bush in 1988. Her departure from the Republican party is significant as the US inches closer to the final showdown between Trump and his rival Hillary Clinton of the Democratic pary.
(With PTI inputs)