The former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Education in President Donald Trump’s administration issued a statement on Thursday in which he declared that he would not vote for the Republican president and “implored all patriotic Republicans to join him.
Josh Venable, who worked under Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, published the op-ed in The Detroit News with the title: “As a Republican I am tired of Trump’s divisions, discord, vitriol and hatred.
“I am a lifelong Republican. And I am exhausted. For most of my career I have worked for Republican candidates and conservative causes, leading campaigns, organizing coalitions and raising money,” Venable wrote. “I served as chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Education in the Trump administration. But it’s 2020, so this year is obviously different. I cannot vote for the Republican candidate for president. For the sake of the party I have supported all my life, but more importantly, for the sake of the country I love, I implore all patriotic Republicans to join me”.
Venable went on to say that he believed that the presidency was more important than a number of things such as advancing individual policies, political appointments and “more important than ‘winning’.
Venable accused Trump of “deliberately sowing discord and dissension” and said he was doing so “at the expense of the interests of the nation, the health and prosperity of our fellow citizens, the alliances forged by generations of victims, and the personal safety of officials.
Venable also commented on the recent report of a conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Trump’s subsequent response.
“Instead of a prompt and unequivocal indictment, the president responded with a gurgle to the ‘lock them up’ chants of his Muskegon supporters and then ordered ‘lock them all up,'” he wrote.
Venable served as DeVos’ chief of staff from the beginning of Trump’s presidency until his resignation in 2018 and has since been appointed advisor to the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform, a group created by Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security official.
The group is comprised of a number of former Trump administration officials and Republican legislators who oppose Trump.
Tekk.tv asked the Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform for comment.
Taylor’s name recently hit the headlines after he revealed on Wednesday that he was the author of an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times in 2018 that criticized Trump.
In Venable’s Op-ed, he added that he was tired of “division, discord, chaos, vitriol and hatred.
“I am tired of your failure and refusal to lead,” wrote Venable. “Our party can – and must – do better. America deserves nothing less from us.”
Venable’s Op-ed comes less than a week before election day, when Americans will choose between Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Tekk.tv has asked Trump’s campaign and the Department of Education for comments, but has not received a response in time for publication.