Former Bush administration official Carlos Gutierrez just hammered Donald Trump, blasting his policies as a plan for economic “disaster,” and then endorsed his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Gutierrez, who was the commerce secretary under President George W. Bush, has been a lifelong Republican, but he told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Donald Trump has just pushed him too far.
I made the decision not to support Trump during that infamous week where he combined the comments about the Mexican judge, Curiel, and then when he said ‘my African-American’ at his rally. That for me was the end of it. I don’t want to go back 50 years. I don’t want to see kids being bullied at school because they have a Spanish last name. I don’t want people talking about ‘my African-American.’ I don’t want people making fun of handicapped people.
The former Bush cabinet member said he looked at the “resumes” of both candidates, and the choice was clear. Not only is Clinton better equipped to serve as commander-in-chief, but in Gutierrez’s opinion, a Trump presidency would be downright “dangerous.”
“So, I have a decision to make. I have two resumes in front of me – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I’m going with this one,” Gutierrez said as he indicated Clinton. “Hillary Clinton. It is a lot better for the country. It is less risky. I think a Trump presidency, in spite of the fact that he’s a Republican, is dangerous. I think it is time to think about the country over party. I don’t want to live in a society that I think Donald Trump will create.”
He went on to explain why he is backing Clinton, touting her experience in Washington before adding that he is flat out “afraid” of Trump and what his presidency would entail.
I actually think that Hillary Clinton has the experience. She’s been around. She knows how the system works. I think she’d make a darn good president. I would have preferred Jeb Bush, but I think Hillary is a great choice. I am afraid of what Donald Trump would do to this country.
Gutierrez is a proponent of free trade, something Trump is strongly opposed to. The former commerce secretary went on to explain that Trump’s policies are a “recipe” for economic “disaster.”
The economy’s important to me. His plan, I love the tax cuts, I’m a Republican, but then he has this sort of import substitution strategy, which is a strategy like an underdeveloped country, very poor countries think that way,” Gutierrez said. “(The idea) that we have to substitute our imports. That would be a disaster.
As president, Bill Clinton cut the budget deficit in his second term, which drove economic growth. Gutierrez said that he believes Hillery learned from her husband’s presidency.
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