A 95-year-old World War II veteran and longtime Republican, called Donald Trump the “worst” president the US has ever had and praised Democratic candidate Joe Biden, ahead of November’s presidential election.
On Thursday, Edward Good spoke at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and praised Mr Biden, after multiple other Republicans endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate earlier in the week.
Mr Good revealed that he voted for Mr Trump in 2016, but told those watching the virtual convention that he regretted voting for the president and revealed that he is now backing Mr Biden, according to the Daily Mail.
In his introduction, Mr Good said: “I am 95 years old. I’m a veteran of World War Two, and the Korean War,” and added: “I have been a Republican, since the 1960s. I’m a member of the NRA and voted for Trump.”
However, the 95-year-old veteran said: “I think Trump has been the worst president we’ve ever had,” and added: “So I’ll be glad to see him go.”
Mr Good, who delivered his speech with an American flag in the background, revealed that he thinks the Democratic candidate will make a good president, because he “cares about doing a proper duty towards the United States and if he’s elected that’s what he will do.”
Mr Good’s speech was followed at the convention by another combat veteran, Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth, who claimed that “Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to call himself commander in chief for another four minutes — let alone another four years.”
Ms Duckworth, who became a recipient of the Purple Heart after she lost both her legs in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq, claimed that Mr Biden understands the sacrifices of combat, as his late son Beau served in the US National Guard, just like her.
She added: “That’s the kind of leader our service members deserve: a leader who would actually honour their sacrifices. But they don’t have that in our current commander in chief, who’s either unwilling or incapable of doing so.”
During the convention, multiple Republicans, including former US secretary of state during the George W Bush administration, Colin Powell, endorsed Mr Biden for president.
On Monday, former Ohio governor John Kasich, who unsuccessfully ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2016, outlined why he is endorsing the Democratic candidate for president.
Mr Kasich told those watching the convention livestream: “I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. We’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who has pitted one against the other.”
The 68-year-old added: “Joe Biden is a man for our times, times that call for all of us to take off our partisan hats.”