And, the beat goes on – more Republican defections

I have written several pieces about the groups of and individual Republicans who have come out against Donald Trump in support of Joe Biden. The Lincoln Project, Republicans for the Rule of Law, and Republican Voters against Trump are a key few.

Per a CNN report by Chris Cillizza called “There’s a historic insurrection against Donald Trump happening within the GOP,” the following few paragraphs reveal a few more Republican voices are speaking out. The full article can be linked to below.

“The latest sign came Sunday, when former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge penned an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer making clear his intent to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in November.

‘He lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead,’ Ridge, who also served as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush administration, wrote of Trump.

Ridge joins fellow Bush Cabinet secretaries Christine Todd Whitman (EPA), Ann Veneman (Agriculture), Carlos Gutierrez (Commerce) and Colin Powell (State) as Biden endorsers. Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, and Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska Republican senator, both of whom served in the Obama Cabinet, have also backed Biden.

And that’s just Republicans who served in a presidential Cabinet! There are a slew of other prominent GOP elected officials — from former Ohio Gov. John Kasich to former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman to 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina to former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder — who are on record as either planning to vote for Biden or leaning in that direction.

Then there are the staffers. That group includes the former chiefs of staff at the Department of Education and Department of Homeland Security in the Trump administration! More than 70 national security officials from various Republican administrations are backing Biden. As are more than 150 alums of the George W. Bush White House.”

The incumbent and his supporters downplay these Republican voices. The president, of course, labels these critics as “losers” a favorite name calling rebuttal. I read a piece from a Trump supporting pundit who dismissed these folks as being played up by Democrats.

Yet, neither the president or pundit have addressed why these folks are risking backlash from a vindictive person. The same “why” question can be asked of the president’s firing or transferring of the inspectors general who were critical and folks who testified under oath over concerns about the president’s actions

Why indeed?

10 thoughts on “And, the beat goes on – more Republican defections

  1. It is encouraging to see that these people, mostly well-respected, are putting the best interests of the nation ahead of political party. As for Trump’s name-calling … it may play well with his base, but in my book it is juvenile and shows that he has no real comeback, so he calls people names just as an angry child would. I read Cillizza’s piece yesterday, but am glad to see it being shared. We need to know that there are some republicans who are better people than certain ones who seem to grab the headlines.

    • Jill, many thanks. I agree as many folks need to see it as possible. I am having trouble deciding on which posts I should adapt for my weekly emails. This is a one candidate for next week. Keith

      • Thanks Jill. I am debating this one and the one on wind energy called “There she blows” I wrote last week. I have written variations of this one in the past two months.

    • Janis, the “unswayed” remark is apt. Our only hope is to help those undecided few to decide and encourage the less enthusiastic to get off the sidelines. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Apparently, this story on Trump mocking Evangelicals has been verified as true. From a Newsweek article today by Jason Lemon entitled “Anthony Scaramucci Says Report Trump Mocked Conservative Religious Leaders Is ‘True,'” note the following paragraph:

    “The Atlantic reported Tuesday, citing Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen as well as anonymous former aides, that the president has poked fun of evangelical Christians and mocked Republican Senator Mitt Romney’s religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—commonly referred to as Mormons. Shortly after the news broke, Scaramucci, who has become a staunch Trump critic, retweeted it and said it was accurate.”

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