A major financial supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s opponents during the GOP primaries is now calling upon Republicans to be “team players” and join him to defeat likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, broadcasting CEO Stanley Hubbard admitted to Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto that the primaries did not go his way.
“We’re down to my least favorite candidate. And my least favorite candidate is better than Hillary Clinton in terms of what’s best for the country,” he said.
Hubbard said the choice looking forward must be guided by realism.
“I’m a team player, Neil, and I — all my candidates dropped out one by one, and now we have Donald Trump — and I’m a team player, and I’m going to tell you something, do you want to have Hillary Clinton appoint a new Supreme Court justice, or would you rather have Donald Trump do it?” Hubbard said.
“It’s (a) really easy answer for me. We’re team players, we stick with the team, and we don’t take the ball and go home because the game didn’t end the way we wanted it.”
Hubbard voiced dismay at the post-primary opposition to Trump among some GOP leaders.
“I’m very disappointed,” he said. “I mean, Mitt Romney was a terrible candidate, didn’t understand how to reach the common person. And I’m disappointed in the Bushes, because it didn’t go their way, so they’re going to take their ball and go home. … I think it’s terrible. You give your word (to support the nominee), you keep your word.”
In the interview, Hubbard made a clear distinction between liking Trump and supporting the GOP candidate.
“Did I approve all of that Donald Trump did or what he said? No. But he’s our candidate, and he’ll be a heck of a lot better than Hillary Clinton,” he said, later adding, ” … the bottom line is, do we like him or don’t we like him is beside the point. The question is, who’s going to do the best job for America? And I think Donald Trump.”
Trump has shown he can win, Hubbard noted.
“I don’t think Trump’s a fool. He’s proven he’s a winner. And although he wasn’t my favorite candidate, I think he will moderate a lot of his views, and I think he’s still our best choice. And if we leave him, we’re going to have Hillary as president, simple as that,” he said.