To say that this year’s presidential election has been a mess would be putting it mildly. There are issues on both sides of the aisle with wild-eyed socialist Bernie Sanders, who is hoping to become the Democrat nominee, and presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump both shouting that “the system is rigged.”
There is also division on both sides of the aisle with Sanders supporting the opponent of the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, and the #NeverTrump movement not going away, despite media reports to the contrary. While not much is being said about the divisiveness and party instability on the Left, much as been said about division on the right with numerous prominent Republicans announcing that they will not be attending the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.
Some have used the excuse of needing to campaign, others have not given any direct reason, and still others have specifically said their refusal to attend is because they do not support Donald Trump as the nominee.
So, just who are the Republicans who, thus far, have announced they will not be in attendance at the GOP convention, an event the Trump campaign has said will be the biggest reality show ever? Here is a list as of this moment as compiled by FOX News based upon statements made by each person or responses from their office.
Former President George W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush
2008 Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain
2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval
Wyoming Gov. Matthew Mead
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt
Will this list result in a Twitter targeting campaign by Donald Trump himself? Will any of these individuals change their minds as the convention gets closer?
Only time will tell.