>> Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and well known Republican fundraiser, endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Whitman, late Tuesday, bluntly saying she's with Clinton, while calling Donald Trump an authoritarian character, and a threat to democracy. GOP member Whitman, who funded her own failed bid for governor of California in 2010 posted on Facebook saying, to vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division.
Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character. In an interview with the New York Times, Whitman, who also served as Chris Christie's campaign finance chair, said it was time quote, to put country first before party and that she would give a substantial contribution to Clinton's campaign.
Clinton reached out to Whitman personally about a month ago, according to the Times report. Her campaign also courted former New York City mayor, billionaire businessman, Michael Bloomberg, once a Republican, now an Independent, who delivered an endorsement speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. Clinton's campaign released a list in June with business leaders from whom they had secured support.
Among them was several high profile Republicans, including Dan Akerson Former CEO at General Motors. On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Richard Hanna, of New York, also broke ranks with his party to endorse Clinton, the first GOP House member to do so, condemning Donald Trump's attacks on the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq.