- The 73 Republicans, cited by Forbes magazine, say they are deeply concerned about the course of the nation under the leadership of Donald Trump.
- The document consists of ten points against Donald Trump.
- "Some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later."
On Thursday, more than 70 major Republican party members, including diplomats and former national security officials in various fields, signed on to a letter that characterizes Donald Trump as “dangerously unfit to serve another term,” and that endorses voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November 3rd presidential election.
The Republican Party will formally renominate Donald Trump for a new presidential term next week, Aug 24 through the 27th. The Republican Convention comes after Biden has made his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.
Dozens of party members are against the re-election of the current White House occupant. The 73 Republicans, cited by Forbes magazine, say they are deeply concerned about the course of the nation under the leadership of Donald Trump, about whom they say lacks “character and competence” and has engaged in “corrupt behavior that makes him unfit to serve as the US President.”
“We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump. Through his actions and his rhetoric, Trump has demonstrated that he lacks the character and competence to lead this nation and has engaged in corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as President.”
The letter is signed by former diplomats and officials from former US administrations, such as Eric Edelman, of the Department of Defense during the administration of George W. Bush, Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, John Negroponte, former Director of the National Intelligence Agency, and Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency.
The letter was posted on the portal of the group of Republicans who oppose Donald Trump called Defending Democracy Together, created in 2019. The document consists of ten points that accuse Donald Trump of compromising the rule of law, of failing to lead the country during the pandemic, and of “seriously” undermining the US role as the world leader.
Subscribers to the letter criticize Trump’s relations with “dictators and human rights abusers,” such as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“While some of us hold policy positions that differ from those of Joe Biden and his party, the time to debate those policy differences will come later,” reads the document released on Thursday. The major intention was to stop Donald Trump’s attack on the nation’s values and institutions.
Former Ohio State Governor John Kasich, former Homeland Security Department chief of staff Miles Taylor, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina are some of the Republican Party names that have declared that they will vote for Democrat Joe Biden.
Former US President George W. Bush denied support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016, and is likely to do so again. Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who recently published a book on the administration, also refuses to declare support for Trump’s re-election.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, was the only Republican who voted in favor of Donald Trump’s conviction while Trump was impeached for abuse of power in February.
Trump will be seeking to serve for a second term, from 2021 to 2025, if re-elected in the November 3 presidential election against Democrat Joe Biden.