A group of 50 former national security officials, all of whom have served Republican presidents from Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush, have signed an open letter calling Donald Trump unqualified to be president and warning that, if elected, “he would be the most reckless President in American history.”

The letter offers a withering critique of the GOP nominee, saying he “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president. The signatories declare their conviction that he would be dangerous “and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”

They state flatly that none of them intend to vote for Trump in November. Some have decided to vote for Hillary Clinton, while others intend to sit out the election or write in another name, said John Bellinger III, a former legal adviser to Condoleezza Rice and the writer of the letter’s first draft.

“We also know that many have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us,” the letter says. “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.”

In a statement, Trump said the letter writers share the blame for “making the world such a dangerous place.”

What a scathing indictment.  Trump just isn’t getting it.  These officials know what is involved in being president.  How can Trump keep surviving people from his own party rebuking him?  One CIA director and 2 homeland security secretaries are included in the open letter.  All say they cannot support or vote for Donald Trump.

12 Thoughts to “50 former national security officials declare Trump unqualified and reckless”

  1. I’m looking forward to the first debate. Have they been scheduled yet?

    1. Not sure. I think the debates will be painful to watch. Trump had better study up on the basics.

  2. Dump Trump

    1st debate is Monday, September 26th. Conflicts with Monday Night Football, but who wants to watch the Falcons vs. Saints when you can watch Trump try to talk coherently for more than a 140 characters?

    Here’s some more good news: More Republicans are bailing on The Donald. Former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey said Trump is “deranged” and his “psyche is sick,” He called on the GOP to withdraw the nomination and run somebody else (like that will happen) and plans to vote for Clinton if Trump is still on the ballot.

  3. punchak

    Susan Collins of Maine has a column in today’s WashPo about
    why she cannot vote for Trump.

    1. She has a conscience. Country over party.

  4. Apparently SoN thinks that saying Harry Wiggins is like saying Voldemort in his latest post. Perhaps he is just trying to avoid Harry suing is ass for libel. Who knows.

    He leaves some pretty important details out about those he is trying to defend. (like who was/is sleeping with whom)

    1. Robin Hood

      Why not join the fun? I’d like to see what you can do on the topic that pushed the Sheriff over the edge.

      If Candland’s using his position to benefit QBE then that’s worse than what Bob McDonnell did. A former state legislator was jailed for a quid pro quo arrangement where he secured funding for a program and took a job there soon afterwards. That’s a lot like using the fact that you vote on school budgets to get a sweetheart deal for a firm that hires you in short order. But we digress.


      1. I will find what I have already done on the subject, Robin. I sort of got the ball rolling as a matter of fact.

      2. Here you go, Robin hood. I covered this issue in July 2014, before the Muckraker was even a gleam in the printer’s eye. Muckraker does a far more thorough job than I did with the story. Of course, much has transpired since I first tapped this keg.

  5. Starryflights

    More and more republicans bailing on Trump. Now Trump is calling for 2nd Amendment people to take up arms. Sickening

    1. I just hate that kind of talk. Those insinuations are what set unbalanced people off.

  6. Pat.Herve

    not my comment, but I agree with others = These same national security people are the ones who got us where we are. Maybe we need a new direction. Some of them themselves have proven to be reckless.

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