After declaring he'd cross party lines and endorsing Hillary Clinton, Miami healthcare executive and Republican donor Mike Fernandez said Thursday he ultimately didn't vote for her — or for Donald Trump, whom he'd campaigned against and called "abysmally unfit."
Trump "has a stink of a dictator," Fernandez told the Miami Herald in an email Thursday, citing the president-elect's past contention that only he can fix the country's problems.
"But at the end, I wrote in JEB BUSH!"
Fernandez emailed Republican friends Thursday morning to mention an anecdote about George Washington making way for newly sworn-in successor, John Adams.
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"The people have spoken; the politics of the election are over," he wrote, without saying he'd written-in Bush. "Donald Trump is now our elected President. In our system of a Constitutional Republic, regardless of what the different choices might be, the nation goes on functioning. That is the beauty of our democracy."
Among the reply-all responses came one from Bush, who has declined to disclose how he voted after saying he wouldn't support Clinton or Trump, either.
"Well said," he wrote. "Very well said."