"Joe Biden is a man of deep faith and commitment to family, decency and integrity, which will serve us all well when he is in the White House," Snyder said in a statement released after he announced his decision in a USA Today op-ed. "We must elect Joe Biden in November so that we can begin the arduous but essential process of healing America and putting society back on a positive path where civility and working together help us achieve great things as a nation once again."
In the op-ed, Snyder — who is known for staying positive — was uncharacteristically critical of Trump. He called him a "bully," saying it is "tragedy watching our world suffer from one." He said Trump lacks a moral compass, ignores the truth and does not fully appreciate public policy matters.
The announcement from Snyder, who served in battleground Michigan from 2011 through 2018, came in conjunction with the launch of Republicans and Independents for Biden, a coalition of nearly 100 former and current officeholders, government officials and political operatives. The group is affiliated and funded by the anti-Trump Lincoln Project PAC, which is backed by current and former Republicans.
The coalition is the latest group of Republicans supporting Biden to come out publicly as Trump comes under criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and race relations. Some backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. Snyder did not endorse a candidate in that race, when Trump became the first Republican to win Michigan in 28 years.
Republican former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, who endorsed Biden at the Democratic National Convention along with Republican former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is chairing the group's steering committee, which includes Snyder, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and at least 20 former members of Congress.
"More than 180,000 Americans are dead from a pandemic that, with consistent leadership, could have been contained," Whitman said. "Instead, it has been left to spin out of control by a president who ignored it, refused to lead and endangered American lives."