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Several high-profile Republicans — all familiar names — are reportedly joining forces to oppose President Donald Trump’s reelection, which in effect means they are helping his likely Democrat opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Sunday, Kristin Donnelly, a senior producer for “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on CNN, tweeted that Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush, said, “I cannot in ANY way support President Trump this year.”
As the Washington Times reported, Powell said he will be voting for Biden because he says he and the likely Democratic candidate are closer on social and political issues.
“I will be speaking for him but I don’t plan to make campaign trips,” he told CNN, according to the Times.
Powell, who also served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, said that Trump “lies” and that people excuse him anyway.
He also said that American foreign policy is shunned nearly everywhere in the world and that needs to change.
“It seems to all come out of the White House without consultation,” Powell — who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — said, adding: “This is not the way the system is supposed to work.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday The New York Times claimed that George W. Bush “won’t support the reelection of Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking.”
“Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eyeing a run for office,” the paper added.
Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, who directed the raid that killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, noted, “This fall, it’s time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat, or independent. President Trump has shown he doesn’t have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”
The NY Times said those were McRaven’s first public comments in opposition to President Trump’s reelection, timed for the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings signaling the invasion to liberate Europe from the clutches of Nazi Germany.
He said those wartime leaders inspired Americans with “their words, their actions, and their humanity.”
“As we have struggled with the COVID pandemic and horrible acts of racism and injustice, this president has shown none of those qualities,” McRaven continued, the Times reported. “The country needs to move forward without him at the helm.”
Former President Bush has been critical of Trump in the past. In October 2017, without naming Trump specifically, Bush was nonetheless critical of the new administration’s policies.
“We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” Bush said. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America.
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” he added. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”
In May, Trump clapped back at his GOP predecessor.
“Oh, by the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside.” Trump wrote on Twitter, the Daily Wire reported. “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
As for Romney, his anti-Trump animosity is well-established. He was the only GOP senator to vote to convict the president during his impeachment, which was based primarily on ginned-up allegations over a phone call to the Ukrainian president by House Democrats eager to drive Trump from office.
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