Former Republican National Security Leaders condemn Trump, back BIden

Per an article in Reuters yesterday called “Former Republican CIA, FBI heads and national security officials to back Biden,” by Tim Reid:

“Over 70 former Republican national security officials including ex-CIA and FBI chiefs will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday while launching a scathing indictment of President Donald Trump, calling him corrupt and unfit to serve.

The group, called Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, includes some of the most senior Republican members of the U.S. defense and intelligence establishment to have served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump.

The 73-strong group includes retired General Michael Hayden, who served as national security director and head of the CIA; William Webster, the only man to serve as both head of the CIA and FBI; John Negroponte, the first director of National Intelligence; Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center; and Mike Donley, former Air Force secretary.

Their full-throated condemnation of Trump and backing of Biden will come three days before Trump’s nominating convention opens on Monday and underscores how the Republican president has alienated some members of his own party, especially among intelligence and foreign policy veterans.

‘Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as president,’ the group plans to declare in a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

‘We have concluded that Donald Trump has failed our country and that Vice President Joe Biden should be elected the next President of the United States,’ it adds.

The group is one of a number of Republican organizations opposing Trump’s re-election in the Nov. 3 election.”

This group joins others like The Lincoln Project, Republicans for the Rule of Law, Republican Voters Against Trump as well as well-known individuals like former GOP Ohio governor John Kasich, former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell, former DHS Chief of Staff Miles Taylor (under Trump) and conservative pundits George Will, David Brooks, Michael Gerson, and others to condemn Trump and support Biden.

These are voices that should mean something. Taylor said we are less secure under Trump, with our allied relationships weaker and enemies stronger. Former Secretary of Defense under Trump General James Mattis said Trump does not even try to unify the country. Condemning mail-in voting as unsafe, while other Republicans endorse it, to destabilize a process while doing nothing to make it better is just yet one more example of Trump’s divisiveness and deceit.

And, it should be noted the Republican led Senate Intelligence Committee just released a report that noted the Russian influence on the 2016 campaign was even more intrusive than concluded in the Mueller report. I would like to hear other Republican Senators answer the concerns of these voices.

10 thoughts on “Former Republican National Security Leaders condemn Trump, back BIden

  1. ‘Tis encouraging, indeed. One would hope that it will make Trump’s base sit up and take notice, question why all these intelligent, experienced people — republicans at that — are speaking out against Trump, saying he is a danger, is unfit. I’m not sure that his base have the sense to understand the implications, but let us hope. Good post, Keith … and the MSN article was good, as well.

    • Thanks Jill. The president continues to throw stuff against the wall to see what sticks. Now, he is saying the deep state is slowing testing. He has become a sad caricature of a clown.

      He is a danger as he has a position of authority with no moral compass or sense of decency. Keith

      • Yeah, I read that yesterday. In addition to the lack of a moral compass and sense of decency, I would add a lack of intelligence. A very dangerous combination!

      • Jill, I was reading a young Republican’s story, a woman of Hindu-American background. She said Trump has said racist things, citing two examples, but does not view him as a racist. Really? She went on to say he is candid and honest. Really? He is beyond candid and is a bully. Yet, he is not in the same city as honest, much less in the same ballpark. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: From an article in Reuters today, this paragraph ties into the above:

    “If Trump is defeated in the Nov. 3 election by Democratic rival Joe Biden, the new administration’s hardest challenge will be to restore the global standing and trustworthiness of the United States, analysts and former U.S. and European officials say.”

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