Top Republicans still refusing to endorse Donald Trump

Mitt Romney: 'Trump Is a Fraud'

Donald Trump was officially named the Republican presidential nominee during July's Republican National Convention--but some party leaders are still not on board with his candidacy.

During the week long gathering in Cleveland, while names the likes of Chris Christie and Mitch McConnell tossed their political weight behind the billionaire businessman, a number of prominent GOPers not only skipped the convention but have refused to endorse the party's ticket.

Perhaps the most high-profile political snub of the 2016 election cycle came at the hands of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who was promptly booed after failing to endorse Trump during his prime-time address at the RNC.

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Mitt Romney has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Senator John Thune (R-SD) addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has not endorsed Trump, and insiders revealed in September he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was one of Donald Trump's primary targets during the primary season. 

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed in the primary longer than most other candidates, and notably refused to appear at the GOP convention in the same arena with Trump, attending other events instead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close friend to Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal critic of Trump's. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Although he didn't endorse Trump during the 2016 convention, Ted Cruz eventually changed his mind, saying in September he'd vote for the GOP nominee (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) 
Pictured: George Pataki participates in CNBC's 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th at 6PM ET / 8PM ET -- (Photo by: David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Following the controversial speech, Cruz said he is "not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."

"Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge!" Trump tweeted following Cruz's speech. "I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!"

While Cruz made an appearance at the RNC, a few of Trump's defeated primary rivals skipped the big Cleveland event, including the governor of The Buckeye State John Kasich.

When asked if he would support the Republican nominee, Kasich said, "Why would I feel compelled to support someone whose positions I kind of fundamentally disagree with?"

Previous Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has also refused to endorse the former reality TV star, even making a point to make speeches voicing his disappointment with the GOP candidate. "Here's what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University," Romney said in March.

Trump fired back at Romney saying he "understand losers, you can make a lot of money with losers," adding that Romney's 2012 presidential run was a failure because the former Massachusetts governor "choked like a dog, he's a choker."

Not only haven't previous Republican presidential nominees not backed Trump, but both living former Republican presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have abstained from supporting the 2016 GOP ticket.

George W. Bush, who has supported every GOP ticket since leaving office, has said he is worried he may be "the last Republican president." While George H. W. Bush has made it clear that after campaigning for his son Jeb Bush, who also refuses to back Trump, he has no plans to endorse.

Paul Ryan is one big-name Republican who eventually threw his support behind Trump after initially saying he was "not there right now" when asked if he would endorse the billionaire businessman.

Trump recently returned the favor by saying he was "not quite there yet" when regarding the endorsement of Ryan in the Wisconsin primary.

"I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country."

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