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Strange Week for the Republican Party

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August 10, 2016
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It's been a very strange week for the Republican Party.Donald Trump came under attack by members of his own party earlier this week, when fifty conservative foreign policy experts decided to pen a letter detailing why they will not vote for Donald Trump during this year’s tenuous presidential election.The signatories are all former senior national security or foreign policy advisers from various Republican administrations, including Reagan, Nixon and both Bush presidents.The letter claims that “from a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief.” Furthermore, the letter claims that Trump lacks temperament and threatens world security and freedom.


In March, more than one hundred other members of the Republican national security community wrote a similar open letter disagreeing with Donald Trump’s foreign policy.Other troubles for the GOP candidate this week include the forthcoming announcement of an alternative candidate in the form of former CIA staffer Evan McMullin.He opened his bid for President on Monday, after weeks of dissension within Republican ranks.McMullin referred to Trump as “inhuman” and is running against him in part because he “hoped for something better for months and months and months,” but that nobody ever stepped forward to challenge Donald Trump.McMullin is a policy director for the House Republican Conference. He is not necessarily expected to do well in the Presidential election, but could offer an alternative to conservatives who view Clinton and Trump with equal disdain. His national security credentials bolster his resume and add gravitas to a relatively young candidate.In a slightly more positive turn of events, the son of former Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, George P. Bush, has come out in support of Donald Trump. The Texas Land Commissioner, whose father was labeled by Trump during the primaries as “low-energy,” said that although it’s a “bitter pill to swallow,” the Republican Party should “help the man that won,” and “stop Hillary Clinton.”Jeb Bush and Donald Trump have a history of enmity, trading barbs back and forth for several months during the primaries. George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, the former Presidential father-son pair, do not support Trump. They skipped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, as well.George P. Bush is the fourth generation of his family elected to public office.

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