Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump lays claim to having support amongst individuals across all political aisles, but his support has dwindled even further after fifty of America’s Republican national security officials signed a letter condemning his potential presidency. All of these officials have served Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush and their statement is simple — say no to Trump!
Individuals in the intelligence community are known to be terse and curt, which is why they began their letter with the damning proclamation, “None of us will vote for Donald Trump.”
The letter states, “Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”
Trump’s willingness to ban reporters and entire news outlets from covering his campaign, along with questioning the fitness of a judge’s judicial acumen based on the judge’s ethnicity are all compelling reasons for these officials to stand against their own party’s nominee.
While the American public may not be paying attention to the incalculable gaffes Trump has spewed forth, Republicans charged with protecting America’s homeland and interests abroad are not impressed. They wrote, “Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based. At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends.”
Could you imagine if a Democratic nominee for president were to compliment Vladimir Putin, or Saddam Hussein, as Trump has? The despicable producers at Fox News would gleefully eat up that slop with a spoon, but when Trump performs the same trick they pretend like it is par excellence, which neatly displays Republican hypocrisy for public consumption.
They go on to deride Trump as ignorant while being proud of his lack of knowledge, “Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics.”
The scathing letter was signed, among others, by the former directors of the CIA and NSA. Two former secretaries of homeland security, along with the national security adviser to the war criminal Dick Cheney. When an adviser to a man who literally lived without a beating heart in his body says Donald Trump is bad for America, the public should pay attention.
Americans desperately need to heed the warnings of these individuals who know more about America’s security than nearly anyone else alive when they say, “Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election. We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.”
Unfortunately the signatories will likely fall upon the deaf ears of Trump supporters who have shown a willingness to wither all criticism surrounding their putrid demagogue, as Trump has assembled his own foreign policy team of unknown individuals — many of whom Trump refuses to identify. Trust him, he says, as he knows what is best for America. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and the only behavior we have observed from Trump is his ability to lie, cavort, and contort to those willing to stand behind his nefarious history.