In a last-ditch effort to stop Donald Trump’s likely nomination as the Republican Party’s candidate for president, a group of more than 50 conservative foreign policy experts have banded together in an open letter condemning the real estate magnate as unfit for the office.
From stating that he’ll make Japan — a close U.S. ally — pay for its longstanding American support, to declaring generational warfare on terrorists, Trump’s rhetoric appears to have finally crossed a line for those conservatives that have made their careers in foreign policy.
The letter’s signatories include former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff, former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, former homeland security adviser Frances Townsend and former undersecretary of defense Dov Zakheim. The letter was published Wednesday night on the foreign policy site War on the Rocks.From the letter:
Mr. Trump’s own statements lead us to conclude that as president, he would use the authority of his office to act in ways that make America less safe, and which would diminish our standing in the world. Furthermore, his expansive view of how presidential power should be wielded against his detractors poses a distinct threat to civil liberty in the United States. Therefore, as committed and loyal Republicans, we are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head. We commit ourselves to working energetically to prevent the election of someone so utterly unfitted to the office.MSNBC and The Hill have lists of Republicans coming out against Trump.