Republicans Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC  

Jacob Shelton
945 votes 167 voters 25.5k views 19 items

List Rules Politics junkies: vote up the most shocking 2016 RNC Donald Trump snubs.

Even before the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) began in Cleveland, OH, there were dissenters in the Republican ranks, those who explicitly stated they wouldn’t be attending. These RNC 2016 snubs oscillate wildly from ex-presidents to senators and former governors who’ve all but given up on democracy. The list of establishment Republicans absent from the 2016 RNC is frankly shocking, as many of these people carried the GOP for the past 20 to 30 years. 

Some Republicans not attending the convention have perfectly valid reasons for why they can’t make it to Cleveland. The rest of the GOP absentees are up to something else - one seems to be setting up a second career as a comedian; another has dumpster fires to check out; many want to distance themselves as much as possible from Trump. Keep reading for a handy primer on establishment Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC.

One of the biggest coups for GOP members boycotting the convention is the absence of the Bush family. A Bush not attending the RNC is like Big Bird not showing up on Sesame Street, and makes the convention seem a bit like a ship without a captain. To make matters worse, many of the guest speakers scheduled to talk in Cleveland have nothing to do with politics - Scott Baio, for instance. Only time will tell whether this psychedelic media circus of an RNC proves to be an aberration of the new direction of the GOP. In the mean time, take a look at the most shocking no-shows for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and vote up those that most surprise you. 
1 92 VOTES

George H. W. and George W. Bush

George H. W. and George W. Bus... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Photo: United States Navy
If you don't know why it's strange to have the Republican National Convention without either Bush 41 (George H.W.) or 43 (George W.) in attendance, consider this - one of the two has been attending the convention in an official capacity since the '70s, when 41 was appointed head of the Republican National Committee. What's more, it's extremely rare, if not completely unheard of, for a former president to refuse to attend his party's convention. At 92, George H.W. Bush has the excuse of being retired from politics. As for George W. Bush, an aide to the former president reported he "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign." Neither 41 nor 43 supports Trump. 
58 34
Did this surprise you?
2 86 VOTES

John Kasich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Photo: Ohio Governor's Office
Maybe you know the name John Kasich because Donald Trump put him on blast during a Republican debate ("His poll numbers tanked, that's why he's on the end."). You may also know he's the governor of Ohio. That's right, John Kasich isn't attending the convention taking place in his own state. As governor, Kasich is officially responsible for overseeing the deployment of the National Guard and state troopers at the RNC. Instead, the governor is keeping busy speaking at an NAACP gathering in Cincinnati, where Hillary Clinton is also speaking. A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said Kasich is "embarrassing his state."

Birthplace: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#1 on Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle

#1 on Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?

#2 on Which Republican Candidate Would ACTUALLY Lower Taxes?

#9 on Which GOP Candidates Will Be the Best for White Men?

54 32
Did this surprise you?
see more on John Kasich
3 76 VOTES

John McCain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Photo:  Kris Connor/Getty Images

Of all major establishment Republicans, John McCain seems most likely to win the title of the anti-Trump. Imagine a world in which he took the stage at the convention to argue for his brand of conservatism, especially after Trump lambasted McCain's service in Vietnam, during which the Senator was tortured.

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.

Alas, McCain stayed in Arizona during the RNC, to focus on his own race. When asked if thought the presumptive Republican nominee could drag down the rest of the party with him, McCain simply answered, "That’s always a concern."

Birthplace: Coco Solo

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

Also Ranked

#23 on Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#88 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#19 on The Best Political Nicknames

#2 on Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle

48 28
Did this surprise you?
see more on John McCain
4 71 VOTES

Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

After carrying himself with the guarded professionalism of a career politician for most of the election cycle, Jeb Bush unleashed a vitriol-fueled op-ed on Trump one day before the convention, writing, "[Frustration with American politics] have given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans. Trump's abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America's big challenges."

He finished his screed with a major revelation - "I haven't decided how I'll vote in November -- whether I'll support the Libertarian ticket or write in a candidate."

In 2012, Jeb was a key speaker at the RNC. 

Also Ranked

#72 on Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#28 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#4 on Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle

#8 on Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?

40 31
Did this surprise you?
see more on Jeb Bush