5 thoughts on “Republicans, Conservatives, Military Personnel, Etc. Against Trump

  1. Long-time Republicans

    Tom Ridge former Pennsylvania governor and first Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary voting for Biden.

    Pennsylvania voters, along with voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida, are likely to ultimately determine the next president. So much is at stake. For me, voting is not just a privilege, but a responsibility. And this year, I believe the responsible vote is for Joe Biden. It’s a vote for decency. A vote for the rule of law. And a vote for honest and earnest leadership. It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump.

    10/10/2020

    10/16/2020

    Former Republican chairperson of Maine

    10/17/2020

    From June 6, 2020, Journal (6)

    Former President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney won’t support Mr. Trump’s re-election, and other G.O.P. officials are mulling a vote for Joe Biden. from NYT.

    Also,

    “This fall, it’s time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat or independent,” said William H. McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “President Trump has shown he doesn’t have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”

    Admiral McRaven, in an interview on the 76th anniversary of D-Day, noted that those wartime leaders inspired Americans with “their words, their actions and their humanity.”

    In contrast, he said, Mr. Trump has failed his leadership test. “As we have struggled with the Covid pandemic and horrible acts of racism and injustice, this president has shown none of those qualities,” Admiral McRaven said. “The country needs to move forward without him at the helm.”

    and

    Joseph Maguire, a retired three-star admiral who served as Mr. Trump’s acting intelligence chief, invoked the comments of Mr. Mattis and two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also criticized the president this week.

    “Jim Mattis, Mike Mullen and Marty Dempsey are all good friends, and I respect them tremendously,” Admiral Maguire said in an interview. “I am in alignment with their views.”

    (emphasis added)

    The impression I get from this piece: former Trump and Bush administration officials, and possibly congressional Republicans have the potential to speak out against Trump and even vote against him. Something could happen to really push them to be more vocal. There’s a bit of momentum going in that direction, and I hope it keeps growing.

  2. Generals and other officers, current and retired

    General Stanley McChrystal endorses Biden for President.

    I forgot that McChrystal was fired because he made some disparaging remarks about Biden, during the Obama administration. Much respect to the General.

    On Thursday, General McChrystal added a coda to the story: He endorsed Mr. Biden, now the Democratic presidential candidate, not President Trump, to be the country’s next commander in chief.

    “I worked most closely with President Obama and Vice President Biden when I commanded in Afghanistan,” the general told Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    “They didn’t see everything the way I did,” he added. “But in every instance, they listened. In every instance, they took in my view. In every instance, I felt that they were trying to make the best decision based on all the information they had, and based on a bedrock of values.”

    On Thursday, General McChrystal said disagreements between people who respect each other are healthy for a democracy — and, in any case, he said that Mr. Biden would be better for the country than Mr. Trump.

    “You have to believe your commander in chief, at the end of the day, is someone you can trust,” General McChrystal said. “And I can trust Joe Biden.”

    10/6/2020

    10/19/2020

    From a June 7, 2020 post in Journal(6)

    Colin Powell will vote for Biden, and affirms comment made by Mattis, and other generals and diplomats on CNN

    Former Supreme NATO Commander, Adirmal James Stavridas

  3. Former Republicans, Military personnel, et al., Opposing Trump and/or Endorsing Biden

    (Note: The post was originally in “Journal (8)” thread.)

    10/16/2020

    Former staff of the George W. Bush (43) White House

  4. Scientific American magazine endorses Joe Biden for president–They claim they’ve never endorsed a president in their 175 years of existence.

    A great catalogue of Trump’s irresponsible, anti-science approach to policy making and leadership. But this one paragraph stood out:

    Biden is getting advice on these public health issues from a group that includes David Kessler, epidemiologist, pediatrician and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief; Rebecca Katz, immunologist and global health security specialist at Georgetown University; and Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. It does not include physicians who believe in aliens and debunked virus therapies, one of whom Trump has called “very respected” and “spectacular.”

    I remember this doctor. She also believed in “demon-sperm” as well.

  5. Dept. of Justice Attorney’s resigning in protest

    Commentary: I won’t work in Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department any longer op-ed by Phil Halpern in The San Diego Union Tribune

    Unfortunately, over the last year, Barr’s resentment toward rule-of-law prosecutors became increasingly difficult to ignore, as did his slavish obedience to Donald Trump’s will in his selective meddling with the criminal justice system in the Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases. In each of these cases, Barr overruled career prosecutors in order to assist the president’s associates and/or friends, who potentially harbor incriminating information. This career bureaucrat seems determined to turn our democracy into an autocracy.

    There is no other honest explanation for Barr’s parroting of the president’s wild and unsupported conspiracy theories regarding mail-in ballots (which have been contradicted by the president’s handpicked FBI director) and his support for the president’s sacking of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office used the thinnest of veils to postpone charging the president in a criminal investigation along with Michael Cohen (who pled guilty and directly implicated the president).

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