10 Prominent Republicans Who Evolved to Back Trump
The Republican Party is playing out its own version of Captain America: Civil War. While major figures like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney remain opposed to presumptive nominee Donald Trump, many of his previous foes have come around to backing The Donald.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would no longer entirely self-finance his campaign. During the primary, The Donald routinely denounced super PACs and boasted that he didn't need third-party support. For the general election, however, he told the Wall Street Journal that he would create a "world-class finance organization." Perhaps for this reason, many major Republican donors have switched their funding from anti-Trump toward the billionaire.
Here is PJ Media's list of ten major Republican influencers -- politicians, pundits, and donors -- who once opposed The Donald but have now gravitated toward the real estate tycoon.
Governors who would be president:
1. Rick Perry
In a stunning shift, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, the first presidential candidate to drop out of the presidential race and one of the earliest GOP figures to endorse Trump rival Ted Cruz in the primary, has done a 180 -- not only endorsing The Donald, but offering to be his running mate. More telling, he once called Trump a "cancer on conservatism," but is now willing to join the ticket.
In a CNN phone interview on Thursday, Perry announced his decision. "He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen," Perry said. "He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them."
"When Ted said he is done and suspending his campaign -- that was the last individual who had a chance" of stopping Trump, Perry said. Despite the emphasis on halting The Donald's momentum, Perry said he was willing to accept a position as Trump's running mate. "I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no," the former governor said.
Next Page: Two more governors.