A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the coronavirus task force said Thursday she's voting for Democratic nominee Joe Biden because of President Donald Trump's "flat out disregard for human life" during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Olivia Troye, who served as the homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser to Pence for two years, made the remarks to The Washington Post.
"The president's rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure," she said.
Troye also condemned Trump in a video released by the group Republican Voters Against Trump, saying Trump once mused that the coronavirus was a good thing because he wouldn't have to shake hands with as many people.
"I don't like shaking hands with people," Troye recalled the president saying. "I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people."
Troye says in the video that she's a lifelong Republican but would "come home at night and look myself in the mirror and say, Are you really making a difference?'"
"I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis. At this point it's country over party," she concluded.