A group of 50 Republicans who claim to be national security experts recently signed off on a letter severely criticizing Donald Trump’s fitness to be President and Commander and Chief. The controversial former CIA director, Michael Hayden, was one of the signers. The New York Times was the first newspaper to report on the existence of the letter that stated “”We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history.” In response, Mr. Trump said they were part of a “failed Washington elite” looking to hold on to power.
Some of the signatories stated that they would actually vote for Hillary Clinton, others said they would abstain from voting. We think the letter has little significance. First, many members of the group have expressed disapproval of Trump’s candidacy from the start– they don’t like his occasional bombastic style and abhor his refusal to adhere to political correctness. Moreover, most of them lack successful track records in the “national security” arena.
Specifically, Hayden has not tried to hide his contempt for Trump, especially after the businessman knocked his buddy, Jeb Bush, out of the running. He even preferred John Kasich over Trump. It seems clear to us that Hayden is just angry that Trump is the last man standing in the Republican race, and he knows that a Trump administration would have no use for him. Similar cases could be made about the others, who for the most part, are Washington insiders, all looking for a job or influence. A large segment of the nation is tired of these people who are always clamoring for attention and significance.