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Several Members of GOP Vow To Vote for Clinton Over Trump

In an interesting turn of events, members of the GOP foreign policy establishment are open to supporting Ted Cruz or Hillary Clinton for president if it means preventing Donald Trump from becoming the commander in chief. Eliot A. Cohen, a former adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who also served in the George W. Bush administration said, “What’s happening is you have a lot of people who are desperate to get anybody in there other than Trump. ... People are going to go for Cruz, because at the end of the day they think he’s considerably less bad than Trump."

Cohen, along with Bryan McGrath, organized an open letter opposing Trump that was signed by more than 120 members of the Republican foreign policy establishment. The letter declared that Trump is unfit to be president because his views of American power are “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.”

McGrath, the deputy director at the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute who is now working with the Cruz campaign argued, “Donald Trump is not a Republican. ... He is a caricature of classless wealth. ... He is a caricature of the ugly American." A senior Republican congressional staffer who wished to remain unidentified stated, “All the palatable choices are gone."

Daniel Drezner, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy who signed the open letter and voted for Rubio in the Massachusetts primary shared, “For someone who is a George H.W. Bush Republican, this is really an uncomfortable choice." Stephen Rodriguez, a former Bush adviser and managing partner at One Defense who is now supporting Cruz, called Trump “amoral,” a “fraud” and a “dangerous demagogue." Rodriguez signed the letter and stated, “I don’t know what’s worse — having Trump say all those ridiculous things and being totally clueless, or having him say all those things and actually mean it?”

Roger Zakheim, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who advised Rubio and also signed the letter shared, “At the end of the day, he has done nothing to earn my vote. He doesn’t have the character or the values that would qualify him to be president of the United States and commander in chief, nor is he a conservative or a Republican." Drezner stated, “Trump promised he was going to introduce, like, the classiest foreign policy team ... let’s just say, this isn’t it." Of Trump's foreign policy team, Cohen added, “To say the least, it’s a pretty underwhelming group of people."

Drezner went on to say, “Anyone who decides to work for him, they’re sort of revealing themselves as probably not among the best of the GOP foreign policy thinkers, because it’s such a stigma." Zakheim said, “If indeed it comes down to Hillary versus Trump as the nominees ... then I’m certainly interested in whether or not we’ll see a third party, but I can’t support Trump’s candidacy." Drezner conveyed, “If it’s between Trump and Clinton, I will vote for Clinton."

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