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The Angry Benghazi Mom's Speechwriter Might Vote for Clinton

"I have never voted for a Democrat for federal office, but when I hear the president criticize the GOP nominee, I can't honestly disagree with him."
August 18, 2016, 1:45pm

The guy who penned "Benghazi Mom" Patricia Smith's speech at the Republican National Convention published an essay renouncing Donald Trump in the Baltimore Sun on Thursday.

The speechwriter, Richard J. Cross III, may have written Smith's speech that blamed Hillary Clinton for the death of Smith's son in the 2012 Benghazi attack, but he is considering voting for Clinton in the upcoming election.

"President Eisenhower would have never proposed banning Muslims from America," Cross writes in his op-ed. "Nor would President Nixon. Nor would President Reagan. Donald Trump has betrayed and perverted their legacies. Consequently, I no longer recognize my party. I have never voted for a Democrat for federal office, but when I hear the president criticize the GOP nominee, I can't honestly disagree with him.

"I could never vote for Donald Trump," he continues, "so instead I am confronted by two painful choices: Vote for the most divisive political figure in the past 25 years or throw away my vote on a kooky Libertarian ticket."

Cross is another in a growing list of Republicans to condemn Trump, though the struggle to find a suitable candidate to vote for isn't strictly a GOP problem.

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