Governor Rauner embraces Obama but not Trump
President Trump visited a once-shuttered U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, located in the Metro East area of Illinois across from St. Louis Thursday. Where was Bruce Rauner?
Did Republican Governor Rauner meet with President Trump? No. “I heard the president is coming to Granite City, I think either Thursday or Friday,” Rauner said Monday in Wheaton. “I, uh, I do not plan to go. I was just in Granite City just in the past week,” he told reporters.
Rauner visited President Obama at the White House
Rauner refuses to be seen in public with President Trump. He doesn’t want his picture taken with him. Is there a politician Rauner does want to be seen with? Unlike President Trump, Bruce Rauner has no issue with meeting with/having his photo taken with Barack Obama.
After his election, Governor-elect Rauner visited President Barack Obama at the White House for a meeting and called it a “terrific day.” He happily posed for photos with President Obama and Sen. Durbin. Last month, Rauner also signed off on a $180 million taxpayer-funded grant for the Obama Library in Chicago.
While he was beside himself to meet with Obama, Governor Rauner rejected Trump’s White House invitation and boycotted the President’s dinner with 46 U.S. governors in early 2017.
Rauner has long been part of the #NeverTrump crowd.
Rauner never supported Donald Trump – before he was elected and even after. During the campaign, Rauner made anti-Trump statements to the media. He was Team Hillary. He wasn’t on the Republican team. He didn’t want Trump to win – he wanted Hillary Clinton to win.
In March 2016, Rauner promised to back the eventual Republican nominee for President, regardless of the victor. After the Illinois primary, Rauner changed his mind and refused to formally endorse Trump. He also declined to lead the Illinois delegation at the GOP convention in Cleveland. To make matters worse, he didn’t even bother to attend the National GOP Convention at all – the political equivalent of thumbing his nose at Trump.
Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Chicago in July 2016 and Governor Rauner snubbed him again.
He didn’t endorse Trump for President. At the 2016 Columbus Day Parade in Chicago, he said he didn’t endorse Trump for President and lashed out at Trump for comments made on to Ryan Seacrest on the NBC released audio tape.
“The rhetoric, the language, the statements in that tape that’s recently come out — disgusting, appalling, outrageous, beyond any reasonable bounds of decency,” Rauner said. Rauner refused to offer any criticism of Hillary Clinton, her email scandal or her anti-religious bigotry.
After Donald Trump’s victory, Rauner offered no congratulations. He skipped the President’s inauguration and boycotted the White House’s dinner with 46 U.S. governors in early 2017. Rauner has refused to mention the President’s name in two years.