Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who served in the Trump administration, said in no uncertain terms Monday morning that former president Donald Trump is not fit for office and should never again be allowed near the White House.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Esper was asked by host Brianna Keilar:

“You served during a tumultuous time in the Trump administration, you were fired in November, November 9th of 2020. As you’re watching these January 6th hearings, what are you thinking?”

The former Pentagon chief replied:

“Well, I wish I was able to see more of them, but like many Americans, I found myself stuck on airplanes or airports. Each hearing, as I read in the paper, the facts are startling. I’ve been saying, shocking but not surprising. It’s an important service they were providing to recount what happened on January 6th and the days and weeks leading up to it. It’s important for us to understand our history, and that there be accountability.”

Keiler then asked:

“You’ve said you won’t vote for him again, you’ve urged others not to. What’s your biggest worry about what happens if President Trump is elected again?”


“Well, no, I won’t support him. I’ve argued to my Republican colleagues that you can find the same type of conservative, traditional Republican policies but without — without all of the baggage, the coarseness and everything else because we need a Republican leader that cannot just unite the party but unite the country. My concern about Donald Trump trying to run for office again is he doesn’t put country first and that’s a problem for me, a major problem. I think he has to put country first, leaders need to lead and bring people together and he just doesn’t have that capability.”

Donald Trump loves to say his goal in running for president was to “make America great,” but as he repeatedly showed during his disastrous four years in office, it was just another opportunity for him to grift, lie, and spread his noxious hatred far and wide. If he ever gets another term in office, this country (and the world) are doomed.

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