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Trump’s former colleagues have turned away from him, and you should too

While Trump’s online fans embrace him more tightly, more and more of the people who actually worked with Trump have broken with him, often issuing statements denouncing his motives, intellect, and patriotism.

To the editor:

I urge my Republican friends to vote for someone other than Donald Trump in November. His rallies are getting embarrassingly sparse, and his speeches more hostile and confused. He is desperately looking for money, now selling poor-quality gold sneakers for $399. While Trump’s online fans embrace him more tightly, more and more of the people who actually worked with Trump have broken with him, often issuing statements denouncing his motives, intellect, and patriotism. Mike Pence is the most recent, but the list now includes former Attorney General William Barr (who compared him to a nine-year-old); former NSC Chairs Bolton and McMaster; former Defense Secretaries Mattis and Esper; former Chiefs of Staff Kelly and Mulvaney; former Secretary of State Tillerson; former Homeland Security chief Bossert; and former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, who referred to Trump as a “wannabe dictator.” This level of rejection by former colleagues is unprecedented in American politics.

Are these people just cozying up to the establishment “Uniparty,” as his fans would have it? No. Most of them are retired from politics. It is just that they see the danger most clearly.

General Milley is right. Trump’s most constant refrain is his desire to hurt his critics, including traditional conservatives. Although Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming seat in Congress, he now wants her jailed for investigating him.

This man should not be president of the United States.

Jim Mahon
Williamstown

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