Hillary Clinton and her allies have been arguing for months that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president of the United States. Much of the Republican establishment’s foreign policy wing now agrees. On Monday, 50 of the GOP’s most senior national security officials released an open letter warning that Trump is unqualified to be commander in chief and that, if elected, would be “the most reckless” president in U.S. history and “put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”
Here’s the most blistering passage in their two-page letter:
Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.
In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based. At the same time, he persistently compliments our adversaries and threatens our allies and friends. Unlike previous Presidents who had limited experience in foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself. He continues to display an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics. Despite his lack of knowledge, Mr. Trump claims that he understands foreign affairs and “knows more about ISIS than the generals do.”