How Meg Whitman’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton matters

Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has made her antipathy for Donald Trump clear.

But in a Facebook post, Whitman, the longtime Republican who ran for governor in California, announced she is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for the White House.

She wrote:

I have decided to support Hillary Rodham Clinton. It is clear to me that Secretary Clinton’s temperament, global experience and commitment to America’s bedrock national values make her the far better choice in 2016 for President of the United States. In a tumultuous world, America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide. I urge all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.

But most of her post dwelled on what has become a familiar theme for Whitman — why she thinks Donald Trump isn’t qualified to be president:

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.

Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues – from immigration to our economy to foreign policy – have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President. Trump’s unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more.

Many Silicon Valley leaders have come out for Clinton or have expressed their objections to Trump. But Whitman, who was a surrogate for Sen. John McCain during his 2008 campaign and worked hard to fundraise for Mitt Romney in 2012, will clear the way for other moderate conservative business leaders to support Clinton.

Also, she will have an impact in another way.

Whitman, who spent $140 million of her own money for her failed 2010 California gubernatorial bid against Jerry Brown, told the New York Times that she plans to raise money for Clinton, who reached out to her by phone a month ago:

I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her.

Photo: Meg Whitman. (AP/Paul Sakuma)


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  • Bryan

    See, no one wants Trump. Even the smartest people in the USA!

    • David Marty

      When he is elected in November come back and tell yourself that again!

      • Bryan

        There isn’t enough racist white people in america to vote him in

    • RegularGuy55

      Smart? No, greedy. Trump represents a real threat to the elites and they are pulling out all the stops to derail the Trump Train.

  • Dirk lee

    Why would anyone vote for crazy man Trump? Sheesh!

    • stevetrujillo

      we are not going to vote for him, Dirk. he may not even be the GOP candidate by the end of August. and yes, he is crazy.

  • openletter2004

    Why Meg Whitman’s enforcement is meaningless.


    • ibagoalie

      ‘enforcement’??? Do you actually mean ‘endorsement’? You are incorrect, it shows other sensible Republicans that it is OK to NOT endorse their crazy Candidate. There are moderate Republicans out there, you know.

      • stevetrujillo

        yes, there are, but “moderate Republicans” appear to be in self-imposed exile at the moment. with their crying towels !!!!

    • stevetrujillo

      she is the CEO of one of the USA’s most well known companies. she was Jerry Brown’s GOP opponent in 2010. She has access to a great deal of Silicon Valley money. her endorsement of Hillary is not only meaningful it is remarkable, considering Whitman’s long ties to the GOP.

      • Nicholas Langston

        She has changed parties. Clinton wants to continue and increase the growth of the National Debt now over $1Trillion per year. How could Meg be ok with that?

  • stevetrujillo

    not only are you wrong, apparently you are not aware that the RNC is looking to force him out as their presidential candidate. the GOP is a hot mess at this moment and Trump has almost no hope of winning.

  • Ben Hammer

    So Meg Whitman won’t vote for Donald Trump because of his reckless policies and values. Hillary is the one for her because Hillary shares her values. Which ones? Dishonesty, Incompetence, doesn’t know how the economy works.
    HP is part of the Clinton’s pay to play. HP has been a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. Meg Whitman is protecting her investment in the Clintons and will expect to be paid off after Hillary is elected. This is crony capitalism in action.

    • Gawd what a load! Get off of you high horse! Yeah, Meg is doing this because Hillary will butter her bread, oh pleeze!

      • poopooplatter

        Follow the money

    • CM

      I was thinking ‘pay to play’ as well. I’ll bet $10 you’re right. What charity would you like me to donate the $10 to if we’re wrong?

  • RegularGuy55

    Whitman knows if Trump is elected, things like the H1-B visa program will disappear. SV has gotten plenty of corporate perks and freebies under both parties, but Trump isn’t one of those party regulars.

    What you’re seeing is simply the elites coalescing around the candidate who will protect their interests, and vocally opposing the candidate who threatens their interests.

    • Mark

      The H-1B has been profoundly damaging to the tech sector by creating a large amount of overcapacity which has damaged their ability to pass on higher prices to customers.

      • RegularGuy55

        There is another subtle, almost hidden, aspect to the H1-B program. The workers brought here will likely send a significant part of their earnings back to their home country. Those dollars won’t find their way back into the community. They won’t be spent at local merchants. They represent a further drain on the US economy.

        Each year, immigrants working in the US (legally or otherwise) send $120B (yes, BILLION) out of the country to their homeland(s). That’s $120B that will be spent to support foreign economies, not America’s.

        • Mark

          Very true. And as a result, little venture capital is available for firms in the United States. Engineers themselves would ordinarily be the funders of venture capital. Now all we have mostly is a bunch of garbage startups that are largely funded by non-tech-sector participants.

  • hoapres

    Whitman is running HP into the ground so if she endorses Hillary that is a good reason to vote for Trump.

    • Kungaloosh

      I’m sure HP wants as many H1-Bs and OPTs they can get their hands on. Hillary is the outsourcing candidate, bought & paid for by India.

  • Robert Dennis

    Interestingly, HPE is bidding on a number of government IT contracts that may well be awarded by the current administration.

  • Tony Wasserman

    If and when HPE is acquired or bought out, then Meg likely is without a job. She certainly doesn’t need to earn any more money, so she could be a candidate for a Cabinet position in a Hillary administration. Secretary of Commerce?

  • Me

    She supports Clinton because, wait for it…… They both have the same plumbing!

    • EllaFino

      So the women supporting Trump are actually guys. Who knew.

  • Scooter

    Meg Whitman’s endorsement of HRC is irrelevant, as she is essentially a Democrat endorsing a Democrat. As stated in the article, in 2010, MW spent $140 million trying to defeat Jerry Brown by running as a Republican; however, everyone knew she was just Jerry Brown Lite and his track record as a fiscally conservative democrat out weighed her fake republican run by a far margin.

  • EllaFino

    A lot of butt hurt Trump supporters commenting.

  • ChicagoWay

    I eagerly await the next article in the series: “How Harambe’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton matters.”

  • JVX3

    “a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division”

    So why is she endorsing Hillary?