Whitman, who spent $144 million of her own money as the Republican nominee for Governor of California in 2010 (she lost to Jerry Brown), spoke to the Times about Trump in dark terms, and expressed fears for the fate of American democracy itself: "Time and again, history has shown that when demagogues have gotten power or come close to getting power, it usually does not end well." She also said that Trump had "already undermined the character of the nation."
While Whitman did not officially endorse Clinton until this week, she's made no secret of her disdain for Trump. A former finance co-chair of Chris Christie's failed Presidential campaign, she blasted the New Jersey Governor when he endorsed Trump, and told the Times she has not spoken to him since. In June, she compared the Republican nominee to Hitler and Mussolini during Mitt Romney's annual retreat of Republican donors, leaders and business executives.
In May, Whitman said Trump's free trade policy, which, among other things, advocates renegotiating trade agreements with China, would be damaging for American business as a whole, including HP. "If we are prohibited from manufacturing in the right locations," she said in an interview aired on CNBC's Squawk On The Street, "that means that jobs in the United States will be in jeopardy, because Hewlett Packard won't thrive."
Whitman pledged to personally donate in the "mid-six figures" to Clinton Super PACs as well as help sway others in the business community to raise additional funds for the Democratic candidate's campaign.
"I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her," Whitman told the Times.
Whitman, who says she's not switching political parties, has long supported Republican agendas. In 2008, she raised funds for Mitt Romney's presidential bid, before entering the race herself for Governor of California on the Republican ticket in 2010. This year she served on Governor Chris Christie's presidential finance team. However, Whitman told The New York Times this week that she had not spoken to Christie since the New Jersey governor endorsed Trump.
While Whitman says there are issues on which she and Clinton disagree, it's time to "put country first before party."