Statement by Former National Security Officials
We are former senior national security officials who served in Republican administrations under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and/or Donald Trump or as Republican Members of Congress.We believe that President Trump’s refusal to concede the election and allow for an orderly transition constitutes a serious threat to America’s democratic process and to our national security. We therefore call on Republican leaders – especially those in Congress – to publicly demand that President Trump cease his anti-democratic assault on the integrity of the presidential election.
It has been clear for over two weeks that Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, garnering 306 electoral votes, far more than the 270 electoral votes required to be elected.
Despite this clear outcome, President Trump has refused to accept the results and begin the transition process.While the President is legally entitled to request recounts and file good-faith legal challenges, he has presented no evidence of widespread fraud or any other significant irregularities. Nearly every case filed by the President’s team across multiple states has been summarily dismissed.
President Trump’s continued efforts to cast doubt on the validity of the election and to interfere in state electoral processes undermine our democracy and risk long-term damage to our institutions. Although some Republican leaders have supported President Trump’s right to challenge aspects of the voting in various states, for the good of the country, they should now strongly oppose his dangerous and extra-legal efforts to intimidate state election officials and distort the Electoral College process.
A group of more than 100 Republican national security experts have demanded GOP members of Congress to pressure Donald Trump to admit his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
In a letter first obtained by The Washington Post, the former officials warn that the president’s “refusal to concede the election and allow for an orderly transition constitutes a series threat to America’s democratic process and to our national security.”
The letter dated 23 November is signed by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former CIA director Michael Hayden, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and senior officials across several previous presidential administrations.
It follows the president’s spurious legal challenges to overturn the results of the 2020 election and a steadfast refusal among GOP officials to admit his defeat, while Republican legislators plot to appoint new electoral college electors to override the will of the voters and the president’s attorneys amplify baseless conspiracies to undermine president-elect Joe Biden’s transition ahead of his January inauguration.