I really had hoped that the first post on my blog was not going to be about Donald Trump, but alas, it’s too hard to resist.
Last week, the news was dominated by Donald Trump’s hemming and hawing about whether to offer his endorsement to a handful of GOP senators. House Speaker Paul Ryan was the first under consideration, which the Don couldn’t commit to until Friday.
Next came Sen. John McCain, whom Donald Trump had already opined on back in 2015:
“He’s not a war hero… He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured”, going on to add “I never liked him after that [his failed run 2008 run for Presidency], because I don’t like losers”.
14 months later, Friday in fact, the Donald also offered an endorsement of Sen. McCain, saying he held McCain “in the highest esteem” and “I fully support and endorse his re-election.”
So, apparently, Mr. Trump holds this “loser” in the “highest esteem”. Sound judgment, right?
However, the week wasn’t also notable on who the Donald endorse, but also…
Not to be outdone by former Ku Klux Klan Grandmaster David Duke’s endorsement of Donald Trump and announcing his own run for Senate, Rocky Suhayda, the chairman of the American Nazi Party, offered his own endorsement, saying “if Trump does win, it’s going to be a real opportunity for people like white nationalists”.
And the week wouldn’t be complete without adding to the list of people who specifically warned against a Trump Presidency.
Trump has announced himself the “law and order” candidate and the only one who is fit to keep us safe from ISIS, so it should have been rather scathing to his base to see that Mike Morell, a former Director of the CIA, who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, take a public stand against a Trump presidency, saying in a New York Times Op-Ed piece:
“Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security… Mr. Trump has no experience on national security. Even more important, the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even dangerous, commander in chief.”
Michael Hayden, who also served as Director of the CIA, as sell as the Director of the NSA, offered more nuance, in saying that he might very well remain on the sidelines of this election, but warned that “He [Trump] is inconsistent. When you’re the head of a global superpower, inconsistencies, unpredictability, those are dangerous things. They frighten your friends and they tempt your enemies. And so I would be very, very concerned.”
This tops off a week where several high profile Republicans came out against Trump. It’s a sad state of affairs where a presidential candidates supporters will either brush off or even embrace endorsements by two significant sects in the White Supremacist movement, while ignoring the concerns of two people who have been integral parts of the National Security apparatus, especially when their candidate touts his security as one of the primary goals of his presidency.
But then, this is the “base” of whom Donald once said “I could shoot someone and not lose voters”.
Come on, America. Can we please wake up from this nightmare?
50 Top Republican officials now have lined up officially against Trump, including Michael Hayden (former Director of the CIA and of the NSA, now officially), Michael Chertoff (former Secretary of Homeland Security), Tom Ridge (former Secretary of Homeland Security), and specifically mentions that while Hillary may not be their idea candidate, the more important issue is in keeping Trump out of the oval office.
We understand that many Americans are profoundly frustrated with the federal government and its inability to solve pressing domestic and international problems. We also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us. But Donald Trump is not the answer to America’s daunting challenges and to this crucial election. We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.