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US Presidential Election: Over 50 Republican Former National Security Officials to Endorse Biden

Democratic US presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to attendees at an out of doors “Black Economic Summit” whereas campaigning in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 23, 2020. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The group, referred to as Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, launched in August with 70 members. The new endorsements will carry it to just about 130 people who’ve publicly damaged with Republican president Donald Trump.

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  • Last Updated: October 1, 2020, 10:42 AM IST
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More than 50 Republican former nationwide safety officers will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, becoming a member of one in all a number of Republican organizations opposing the re-election of President Donald Trump.

The group, referred to as Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, launched in August with 70 members. The new endorsements will carry it to just about 130 people who’ve publicly damaged with the Republican president, together with seven who served beneath Trump, individuals aware of the hassle mentioned.

Others labored as senior protection and safety officers within the administrations of Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

The 56 new individuals endorsing Biden embody Greg Brower, a former FBI assistant director; Larry Pfeiffer, a former CIA chief of workers; and Alden Munson, former deputy director of National Intelligence.

The group will begin operating full-page newspaper advertisements on Thursday in seven aggressive states that may assist determine the Nov. three election: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Texas, an individual concerned within the effort mentioned.

The advert accuses Trump of being unfit to function president and of getting failed America together with his response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has killed greater than 200,000 individuals within the United States and triggered a extreme financial downturn.

The group additionally will run a TV advert throughout Fox & Friends, which Trump is understood to look at. The advert options Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, accusing Trump of constructing the United States much less protected due to his disregard for info, his criticism of America’s intelligence officers and his demeaning of U.S. allies.

Elizabeth Neumann, Trump’s former assistant secretary for risk prevention within the Department of Homeland Security who joined the nationwide safety group backing Biden in August, mentioned Trump’s failure to unequivocally denounce white supremacists throughout Tuesday’s presidential debate strengthened members’ perception that he have to be defeated in November.

“He has an inability to clearly condemn white supremacists,” Neumann mentioned. “He either likes the ambiguity or he’s intentionally endorsing these people. He’s unfit, and I think he’s extremely dangerous.”

The Trump marketing campaign has described Republican-led teams campaigning for Biden as disaffected former officers “trying to take down the duly elected president of the United States.” Trump on Twitter final 12 months referred to “Never Trump Republicans” are “human scum.”

The organizations of Republicans backing Biden embody Republican Voters Against Trump and 43 Alumni for Biden, which consists of a whole bunch of officers who labored for George W. Bush.

Collectively, the teams object to Trump’s alienation of U.S. allies and his management at residence, together with his dealing with of the coronavirus and his response to nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality towards Black Americans.

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