Over 70 Republican National Security Officials Endorse Biden, Deem Trump ‘Unfit'
More than 70 of the nation’s top Republican national security officials have signed on to a letter urging Americans to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden and vowing to do the same, according to The New York Times.
- “Four years after 50 of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials warned that Donald J. Trump ‘would be the most reckless president in American history,’ they are back with a new letter, declaring his presidency worse than they had imagined,” the newspaper reported.
- The new letter was released just hours before Biden is set to formally accept the Democratic nomination, and it “lays out a 10-point indictment of Mr. Trump’s actions, accusing him of undermining the rule of law, aligning himself with dictators and engaging ‘in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as president,’” The Times wrote.
- Trump is also accused of “spreading misinformation” and “undermining public health experts,” which the officials said makes him “unfit to lead during a national crisis.”
“When we wrote in 2016, we were warning against a vote for Donald Trump, but many of the signatories were not ready to embrace his opponent,” Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, noted John Bellinger, a former legal adviser at the State Department and National Security Council who was among the authors of the past and current letters. “This is different: Each of the signatories has said he or she will vote for Biden. Signatories are now even more concerned about Trump, and have fewer concerns about Biden.”
Eric Edelman, a former senior Defense Department official under President George W. Bush, and a signatory to both the old and new letters, noted that the 2016 warnings were “a prospective judgment about Donald Trump’s fitness for office. Today the things that were cited in those letters have been vindicated by Trump’s actual performance.”
The result, he said, was that new Republican signatories joined — there are more than 70 in the new letter — people who “undoubtedly hoped that Trump would grow in office and would take the responsibilities of office seriously. He didn’t.”
- The Times noted several of the former officials by name, including “John Negroponte, the former director of national intelligence, and General Michael Hayden, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency and whose service extended over both Democratic and Republican administrations.”