With a new piece from The Bulwark, ex-GOP speechwriter Amanda Carpenter lays out some overwhelming evidence against President Donald Trump.
She declared, “For all the loyalty Donald Trump enjoys from his most sycophantic followers, many prominent figures who famously assisted him have given up on the president altogether. It’s worth taking a look at the breaking points for these various White House staffers, cabinet secretaries, political advisers, and others—the moment when each decided he or she just couldn’t stick with Trump anymore.
Because we can learn a lot about Trump and the overall effect he is having on our country by studying what made these individuals—from revered military leaders to Trump’s sleazy surrogates—finally snap.”
Then announced, “Former Defense Secretary James Mattis was quoted in Bob Woodward’s new book Rage, saying: ‘When I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid, strategically jeopardizing our place in the world and everything else, that’s when I quit.'”
Beyond that, “Mattis said he was ‘angry and appalled’ at the president’s actions.” Plus he added, “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
Carpenter continued, “In his book, The Room Where It Happened, [one-time National Security Advisor John] Bolton says he decided he had to leave in September 2019, after Trump made plans to invite the Taliban to Camp David public.”
And stated, “Trump called Bolton in for a meeting to complain about the press coverage over the canceled meeting and the uproar among Republicans. Trump accused Bolton of leaking, to which Bolton observed dryly, ‘Of course, most of the negative reaction he had brought on himself by his ill-advised tweets.'”
Bolton also expressed, “The day after the election, whether Trump wins or loses, we face a real debate, maybe an existential debate, about what the future of the Republican Party is, I just think it’s important for the Republican Party to separate itself from Trump and for the conservative philosophy to separate itself from Trump.”
Prior Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor took aim at Trump as well. “The total tonnage of bad Trump ideas that never materialized were enough to crush anyone’s hopes about a successful presidency,” Taylor told.
He argued, “But the one that broke my desire to continue serving was his perverse insistence on resuming family separation at the border—and making it worse. It was sick, wrong, and un-American. That’s when it became clear that saying ‘no’ to Trump was no longer enough. His magnetic attraction to wrongdoing outweighed any good the ‘Axis of Adults’ could do to keep him on the right track.”
As Carpenter asserted, “The people most willing to assist Trump tell us he is a person with disastrous foreign policy ideas. They say he shows disrespect for the Constitution and displays a lack of empathy or concern for the humanity of others. He threatens our democratic process. He expects his allies to accept blame for his misdeeds.”
In addition, “The characters are different, but all their stories are the same. Trump pushes people to take unethical, dangerous, and even criminal actions for his benefit.”
She concluded, “That’s just who Trump is. He tries to corrupt those around him. This is why—in addition to the desire to sell books—so many people have been coming out in recent weeks to explain their disenchantment with Trump. They know that if he gets a second term, he will keep corrupting America, too.”
These are just excerpts from Carpenter’s piece. You should go read the entire piece at the link at the top of this article.