Eliot A. Cohen, a former adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio , and Bryan McGrath, a deputy director at the Hudson Institute and Sen. Ted Cruz campaign staffer, facilitated an open letter signed by Republicans opposing Trump.
The letter was signed by more than 120 members of the Republican “foreign policy establishment.” The signers attest that Trump is “unfit to be president” because his view of American power is “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” And, if forced, they’d vote for Clinton over Trump.
“Donald Trump is not a Republican. … He is a caricature of classless wealth. … He is a caricature of the ugly American,” McGrath told The Hill.
One signer, Stephen Rodriguez, a managing partner at One Defense, told The Hill that Trump is “amoral,” a “fraud,” and a “dangerous demagogue.”
“I don’t know what’s worse — having Trump say all those ridiculous things and being totally clueless, or having him say all those things and actually mean it?” he added.
The list of signers includes:
- former Pentagon inspector general Joseph Schmitz;
- oil and energy consultant George Papadopoulos;
- BAU International University provost Walid Phares; and
- former Army lieutenant general J. Keith Kellogg Jr.
Several of the signers have stated if they were forced to choose between Trump and Clinton, they would pick Clinton.
“I’ll never support Trump, period. If the only choices I’m offered is between Hillary and Trump, I’ll go for Hillary,” Cohen said.
Another signer, Daniel Drezner, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, remarked,
“Trump promised he was going to introduce, like, the classiest foreign policy team … let’s just say, this isn’t it.
“Anyone who decides to work for him, they’re sort of revealing themselves as probably not among the best of the GOP foreign policy thinkers, because it’s such a stigma.”
Drezner said he’d vote for Clinton.
Another signer, Roger Zakheim, an American Enterprise Institute visiting fellow, said, “If indeed it comes down to Hillary versus Trump as the nominees … then I’m certainly interested in whether or not we’ll see a third party, but I can’t support Trump’s candidacy.”
And yet another, John Noonan, a former Jeb Bush adviser, said he’d write in Kirk Cousins, the quarterback for the Washington Redskins. “Cousins isn’t any less experienced than Trump, and at least Cousins has never bankrupted a casino.” he said.