More Than 50 Top Military Leaders Break Tradition, Denounce Trump in Historic Rebuke
Donald Trump’s candidacy was just dealt a devastating blow in the form of an open letter signed by more than 50 U.S. military leaders denouncing the Republican nominee as “unfit to be president,” the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Their main concern is that Trump’s election could imperil progress in long-running efforts to stem the problem of sexual assault in the U.S. military.
“The American people deserve better than a misogynist in chief. Donald Trump’s behavior is antithetical to American values,” the officers wrote.
The signatories include three retired four-star generals, nine three-star officers, and one- and two-star officers, along with other senior officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army National Guard, according to the report.
“The American people deserve better than a misogynist in chief. Donald Trump’s behavior is antithetical to American values,” they wrote.
The generals added that if Trump were to become Commander-in-Chief, the epidemic of sexual assault in the military would likely get worse.
“If Donald Trump is not repudiated, no amount of training and policy review will bring the changes needed in behavior,” the generals wrote.
“During the Commander-in-Chief forum, Trump appeared to be very confused about the significance of this issue. He said that sexual assault should be expected in the military ‘When they put men and women together.’”
Trump has long touted his endorsements from the military as one of his strengths as a candidate. It remains to be seen whether or not that will continue to be a talking point in the GOP nominee’s stump speeches.
There was no immediate response from Mr. Trump’s aides to the letter, which hasn’t been provided to the campaign.