As predicted when Donald Trump rode into Washington to “drain the swamp”, the Washington establishment is turning against him. And hard.
It was expected that the “deep state” would go after Trump; his whole ethos represented the antithesis to their very existence. But now it’s the not-so-deep state that is slithering back into the public eye to criticize the outsider in the Oval Office.
A group of 73 former U.S. National Security officials who served under GOP administrations, including former CIA and FBI chiefs, endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a joint statement on Thursday, joining the growing number of prominent Republicans to depart from their party for the 2020 election.
“We are profoundly concerned about the course of our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump,” reads the statement, which accuses the president of lacking “character and competence” and engaging in “corrupt behavior that renders him unfit to serve as president.”
Among the statement’s signees are officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, some of whom have served in the country’s top defense and intelligence roles.
While the names and sheer number of officials involved may be alarming to the untrained eye, we must always remember that this is precisely the sort of thing that Donald Trump promised back in 2016: An uprooting of the Washington cabal.
Today, he’s measuring his success via this turbulence.
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