Dozens of conservative national security experts are warning that Donald Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief.
In a letter released Wednesday evening, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and more than 70 other experts say they have disagreed with one another on a variety of issues but are united in their opposition to a Trump presidency.
They say Trump's "embrace of the expansive use of torture" is inexcusable. They also object to Trump's "hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric" and his advocacy for waging trade wars, which they say would lead to economic disaster in a globally connected world.
"His vision of American influence and power in the world is wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle," they say. "He swings from isolationism to military adventurism within the space of one sentence."
Other experts who signed the letter are Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush; Eliot Cohen, former counselor to the State Department; and Dov Zakheim, former Pentagon comptroller.
Cohen and Bryan McGrath, a retired Navy officer and managing director of The FerryBridge Group defense consulting firm, organized the letter. McGrath says he's gratified by the large number of signatures. The letter, he says, is a "vehicle for people to say they've had enough."