A number of Republicans who condemned Donald Trump, rejected him or withdrew their endorsements of him during the election are congratulating the president-elect after his.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who called Trump earlier this year “a phony, a fraud” and cast him as unfit to serve as president, wished him well on Twitter without naming him explicitly.
Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, withdrew his support for Trump after the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video surfaced of Trump making lewd comments about women. On Wednesday morning, he congratulated him.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who said he withdrew his endorsement of Trump but still voted for him, congratulated the president-elect.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said before the election that he would not support Trump or Hillary Clinton. He also called Trump “very weak and ineffective.” On Wednesday, he said he looks forward to working with the president-elect.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, took a while to endorse Trump and said in early October that he would no longer defend or campaign for Trump. He has spoken to the president-elect since his victory early Wednesday.
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his incredible victory,” Ryan said in a statement. “It marks a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies. We are eager to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to advance an agenda to improve the lives of the American people. This has been a great night for our party, and now we must turn our focus to bringing the country together.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Trump’s last rival in the 2016 GOP primary who never publicly expressed support for his party’s nominee, canceled a speech on uniting a divided party for Thursday and congratulated Trump on Twitter.
President George H.W. Bush, who was rumored to have supported Clinton, congratulated Trump.