On August 8th, at least 55 prominent Republicans denounced Donald Trump and his presidential bid. Many of them joined the growing ranks of lifelong Republicans who now endorse Clinton. While it seems Trump has bet his entire candidacy on how many times per hour he can say “Crooked Hillary,” we have to ask, why would so many Republicans endorse her if she is such a crooked criminal mastermind?
24 hours of condemnation
Prior to the 8th of August, 34 powerful Republicans – lawmakers, former administration officials, donors, operatives, and policymakers – had endorsed Clinton (see below for a list). Coming off a week of unbridled vitriol, Trump tried to get back on message with an economic policy speech, from which “titties in Detroit” was the most memorable takeaway message. Perhaps that flub was good for Trump because it distracted from the other news of the day: a seemingly endless parade of Republicans denouncing him.
First came the open letter from 50 former national-security officials, none of whom “will vote for Trump.” They deem him “not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief” from a foreign policy perspective. “Most fundamentally,” they continue, “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.” The condemnation just gets worse from there.
Then came Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who published in the Washington Post that she will not vote for Trump. It was his opting for “a constant stream of denigrating comments” and “his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.” And again, the condemnation just gets worse from there.
Frank Lavin, Ronald Reagan’s political director, published an op-ed with CNN to endorse Clinton. Calling Trump “the emperor who wears no clothes,” Lavin said, “it is thunderingly clear that Donald Trump deserves to lose.” After another laundry list of Trump offenses, he concludes “on the core foreign policy issues our country faces — alliance relationships, security commitments, and international engagement — [Clinton] comes closer to Republican views than does Trump. And Donald Trump makes me cringe. I am voting for Hillary.” Ouch.
Lezlee Westine, a former aid to George W. Bush, issued a statement to endorse Clinton in the Washington Post. “Our nation faces a unique set of challenges that require steady and experienced leadership,” Westin explained, and Clinton “has the expertise and commitment to American values to grow the economy, create jobs and protect America at home and abroad… That is why today I am personally supporting Hillary Clinton.”
Former New Hampshire Senator Gordon Humphrey called Trump “deranged,” said he is “mentally unfit” to be president, and will endorse Clinton if she were “neck and neck” in the race. And Former Michigan Governor William Milliken issued a statement to endorse Clinton, explaining “this nation has long prided itself on its abiding commitments to tolerance, civility, and equality. We face a critically important choice in this year’s presidential election that will define whether we maintain our commitment to those ideals or embark on a path that has doomed other governments and nations throughout history.”
Of course, Trump lashed out in a predictable fashion.
Speaking of the authors of the national security letter, Trump decried “They are nothing more than they failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power.” News flash Mr. Trump: all 50 signatories are former officials. What power are they holding onto, exactly?
“They think they are entitled to use their favor-trading to land taxpayer-funded government contracts and speaking fees,” he went on after blaming them for the Iraq invasion, the Benghazi attacks, and the rise of ISIS. “No longer will … [they] get rich at our expense.”
Um…so 50 national security experts – who spent their entire professional lives defending the honor, safety, and values of the institution and people of United States of America – they just wrote that letter to get rich and powerful? These kinds of ad hominem responses just prove everything the authors of that letter said of the man.
How can Republicans endorse a crook?
Whether in word or deed, the GOP has always stood for righteous morality. Yes, some of their elected officials have had less-than-stellar track records with honesty and morality, but the Republican base – blue-blooded hard-working God-fearing Americans – they don’t stand for it. This growing list of pre-eminent Republicans is made up of ethically sound, upstanding patriots. Why would they endorse Clinton, if she is such a crooked criminal?
(By the way, leaving a comment like “because Clinton has them all under her thumb and on her payroll,” or “because Republicans are all stupid” only shows everyone else how small-minded you are.)
We’ve already shown that almost every crime for which people insist she is guilty, and every example of her allegedly crooked behavior, is false. It’s all smoke and mirrors and myth, just like the rumor that Trump donates to NAMBLA.
Smart Republicans leaders are endorsing Hillary Clinton because she is presidential. As Bush’s Treasury Secretary (and former chief executive of Goldman Sachs) Henry Paulson wrote, “It’s time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump…I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and our place in the world. To my Republican friends: I know I’m not alone.”
*As of Aug 7, 2016. top Republicans who endorse Clinton include Dan Akerson, Marc Andreessen, Richard Armitage, Max Boot, Sally Bradshaw, Arne Carlson, Jim Cicconi, Maria Comella, Doug Elmets, Mike Fernandez, Charles Fried, Richard Hanna, Ben Howe, Robert Kagan, Peter Mansoor, Caroline McCain, William Milliken, Hamid Moghadam, William Oberndorf, Henry Paulson, Jr., Larry Pressler, William Reilly, William Ruckelshaus, Chuck Robbins, Mark Salter, Kori Schake, Brent Scowcroft, Robert Smith, Craig Snyder, Alan Steinberg, Mike Treiser, and Meg Whitman.
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