As Barack Obama once famously stated, “elections have consequences.” Sadly for over 100 prominent Republicans who saddled up with the Never Trump movement, their decision to hammer a pre-election Trump comes with its own set of consequences.
As reported by David Nakamura of the openly anti-Trump Washington Post, more than a few well-entrenched establishment Republicans came out very publicly against the Trump candidacy, signing various public letters denouncing the now PEOTUS.
These same individuals have quite the resume when it comes to national security. Examples include;
- Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, the first two secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security
- Former U.S. trade ambassadors, Carla Hills and Robert Zoellick
- Former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies, John Negroponte and retired Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden
Reporter Nakamura also cites that a “former ambassador to NATO, and several former deputy secretaries of various U.S. government agencies” have added their signatures to the various Never Trump proclamations.
One quite the anti-Trump letter was entitled OPEN LETTER ON DONALD TRUMP FROM GOP NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS. The signatories accused Trump of, among other things;
His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle. He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence.
His advocacy for aggressively waging trade wars is a recipe for economic disaster in a globally connected world.
His embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable.
His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.
Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on the southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor.
Similarly, his insistence that close allies such as Japan must pay vast sums for protection is the sentiment of a racketeer, not the leader of the alliances that have served us so well since World War II.
His admiration for foreign dictators such as Vladimir Putin is unacceptable for the leader of the world’s greatest democracy.
Nonetheless, many of the same individuals have made their desire to he hired on by Big Daddy Trump. Sadly for them, they now complain they are “‘PNG’ — personae non gratae.”
“Before he won, the conversation was, ‘We really would love for you to change your mind and join us,’ ” Peter Feaver, a National Security Council special adviser under President George W. Bush, said of informal talks with Trump aides. Feaver, who signed both letters, added that, “Since he won . . . the conversation is, ‘There likely will be a blacklist of people who signed the letters who won’t themselves be eligible for a post.’ ”
But the whining doesn’t end there.
Last week, the Trump transition held a private briefing for secretary-of-state nominee Rex Tillerson to prepare him for his Senate confirmation hearing. One former Bush national security official who works at a Washington think tank said that some of his younger staff assistants were invited to participate but that he was not. He assumes it was because he signed the letter.
“It’s hostile,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of further retribution. “It’s not just that we’re frozen out. . . . I was told they said there was an enemies list.”