It feels as though Trump’s support among leading Republicans is fleeting rapidly. At least five top congressional members have announced that they will not be voting for Trump in November, as he does not provide the unifying qualities that they seek out in a presidential candidate for their party. Most recently, Senator Susan Collins of Maine declared that Trump’s rhetoric toward a reporter with disabilities, his statements about an American-born judge of Mexican heritage, and his handling of the Khan family’s criticisms of him have given her enough reasons to not support the Republican candidate this Fall. In addition to congressional members announcing their lack of support for Trump, 50 leading Republican national security officials just penned a note saying that they cannot get behind Trump for the presidency, as he would be disastrous for the nation’s foreign policy.
“Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President,” wrote the coalition. “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.” This letter is hardly surprising at this point, seeing that Trump has made numerous statements exhibiting his lack of understanding of complex global issues, such as the role of nuclear warfare in global stability as well as the Executive’s ability to force troops to violate military protocol and policy. The officials that signed the letter denouncing Trump “have all served in senior national security and/or foreign policy positions in Republican Administrations, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.” They furthered that, with their wealth of experience in Republican administrations, they surely “know the personal qualities required of a President of the United States. None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” they wrote.
Trump has already dismissed the letter, arguing that the same officials that signed it are the very officials that placed America in its currently perilous position. “The names on this letter are the ones the American people should look to for answers on why the world is a mess, and we thank them for coming forward so everyone in this country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place,” he wrote. “They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it’s time they are held accountable for their actions,” he furthered, in typical Trump fashion.
His outright dismissal of the letter and inability to reject the notion that he is not dangerous for the United States shows that the national security experts have won this battle. For Trump to not respond by saying that he is fit to lead the country, and instead lambast the “failed Washington elite” for its actions, it shows that perhaps he does not even believe it himself.
What do you think about this letter? What do you think about Trump’s response?