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Republican Business Mogul Meg Whitman Will Vote For Clinton

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO and major Republican donor Meg Whitman on Tuesday said she will support Hillary Clinton, calling GOP nominee Donald Trump "a dishonest demagogue."

"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 The New York Times.

In a follow-up statement, Whitman said Trump's candidacy "has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division," and she elaborated on her fear that "Trump's unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security." 

Whitman’s comments come as Trump remained the subject of fierce criticism for his confrontational response to the Muslim family of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, a controversy that widened Tuesday. Trump also told The Washington Post he wasn't ready to commit to supporting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan or Sen. John McCain during their re-election campaigns — a position seen as a stunning split in the GOP. 

Whitman is a major figure in the Republican Party and ran as the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California before being defeated by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010. 

She told the Times that Republicans need "to put country first before party" and said that she would remain a member of the GOP.

She reportedly in June compared Trump to dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.