Jon Huntsman, the former Republican governor of Utah who served in the Obama administration, thinks the GOP should stop fighting Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE.
“We've had enough intraparty fighting. Now's the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” Huntsman said, according to Politico.
“And it's been clear almost from the beginning that Donald Trump has the ability to assemble a nontraditional bloc of supporters,” he added.
“The ability to cut across traditional party boundaries — like '80, '92 and 2008 — will be key, and Trump is much better positioned to achieve that.”
Huntsman was U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama. His 2012 presidential campaign was marked by criticism of the GOP for focusing too much on satisfying the right wing of the party and avoiding compromise.
After ending his campaign, he skipped the 2012 Republican convention over disagreements with the party’s platform.
“I will not be attending this year’s convention, nor any Republican Convention in the future, until the party focuses on a bigger, bolder, more confident future for the United States,” he said at the time.
Huntsman said in February that he could see himself supporting Trump for president.
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