Carly Fiorina’s former deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur Flores says that if Donald Trump is the eventual nominee, she would not vote for him.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Place For Politics 2016” with Chris Jansing on Wednesday, Flores said that Trump is not “good for the conservative movement.”
Flores, the former deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee, political director to Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]’s senate campaign, and an adviser to Mitt Romney was asked by Jansing how she felt about Trump who “made fun” of Fiorina’s face and is now about to win the nomination.
“I think conservatives for decades now have fought for principles and have tried to elevate candidates that want to lift all people up. And I think what we’re seeing is the destruction of the conservative movement,” Flores said. “It’s why so many conservatives are worried right now. I think that both Rubio and Cruz had a bad night last night. And I think the best hope at this point is to hold Donald below the 1,237 delegates. I think that’s the only hope at this point.”
Jansing followed up, “If he’s the nominee this November, can you support him? will you vote for him?”
“You know, I actually haven’t been asked that yet, but I think the answer is no,” Flores said.
Asked what it means for the Republican Party that she wouldn’t support Trump, Flores said, “For a lot of us, this isn’t about party. This isn’t about winning for the sake of winning for our team. This is about our country. And it’s about a belief system. And I’m a conservative before I’m a Republican.”
“What is most damaging is when you hear Democrats actually say they want Donald Trump to be the nominee because they think Hillary can beat him. That’s not how this is supposed to work out,” Flores said. “Democrats should be really concerned when they hear that. They should want the best Republican nominee and the best Democrat nominee and to have a real general election about what we agree and disagree on as Americans.”
“That’s what this republic is supposed to be about. So I hope that Democrats can see the problem with that logic, and we can stop with the winning and the teams and talk about what’s best for our country, and I don’t think Donald Trump is what’s best for our country,” Flores claimed.
“So if you don’t vote for Trump, could you vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders,” Jansing asked Flores.
“No, I don’t think they’re what’s best for our country, either. I will certainly hope for a contested convention and if not, I hope that someone will offer an alternative,” Flores argued.