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‘Duty to warn’: Ex-Trump advisers can alert voters to his unfitness

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‘Duty to warn’: Ex-Trump advisers can alert voters to his unfitness


Republicans are less unified on Trump’s fitness for office than you might think. While virtually all House and Senate Republicans have fallen into line to endorse Donald Trump, the four-time-indicted former president who is now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, the high-level advisers who served alongside him day in and day out have overwhelmingly refused to do so.


This unprecedented rebuff, from everyone from former vice President Mike Pence to former defense secretary Mark T. Esper to former attorney general William P. Barr to former chief of staff John F. Kelly, speaks to Trump’s manifest flaws and how they are visible to those who know him best.

Even more stunning, these former advisers have shared hair-raising observations of Trump’s outbursts, mind-set and personal depravity. Kelly recalled Trump’s favorable comments about Hitler (“some good things”), which Kelly believes is part of Trump’s idolatry of dictators, whose power Trump envies.

Esper warned, “He wanted to deploy active-duty troops on the street of Washington, D.C., and suggested actually that we shoot Americans in the street. That’s kind of more of what you’ll see.” Esper further cautioned that Trump is not “fit for office because he puts himself first and I think anybody running for office should put the country first.”


Some former advisers have gone so far as to warn that Trump is mentally unfit to serve. Barr explained that “he is a consummate narcissist. And he constantly engages in reckless conduct. … He’s a very petty individual who will always put his interests ahead of the country’s. … But our country can’t, you know, can’t be a therapy session for, you know, a troubled man like this.”


“It’s not the personality that’s the problem. He doesn’t understand the job, particularly in the national security space,” former national security adviser John Bolton said on CNN. (He also advised, “I mean, if Trump is elected, there will be celebrations in the Kremlin, there’s no doubt about it, because [Vladimir] Putin thinks that he is an easy mark.”)

ONLY those in fear of being primaried are still backing Trump.

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