Less than 24 hours after Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic nomination for president, a former Republican Congressman and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump offered a ringing endorsement of the 47th vice president.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Wednesday afternoon, Dent blasted Trump as “a threat to the rule of law and functional democracy.”
Dent added that despite his deep policy disagreements with Biden, “at the end of the day, this really isn’t about right or left. It’s not about ideology … For me it’s about right or wrong, stability versus instability, security versus insecurity, normal versus abnormal.”
Watch the interview below:
Former GOP @RepCharlieDent endorses Joe Biden for president. “At the end of the day, this really isn’t about right or left. It’s not about ideology. … For me it’s about right or wrong. Stability versus instability.” pic.twitter.com/o0dKxc55V6
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 19, 2020
Dent also authored a CNN editorial that was published after his interview on The Lead. In it, Dent tore into Trump, “who has never been part of” the “great tradition” of the Republican Party.
Charlie Dent: I'm voting for Joe Biden (Opinion) – CNN https://t.co/tEqO03AY2z
— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 19, 2020
“In fact, he speaks disparagingly and disrespectfully of his predecessors. What’s worse, he has spent the better part of his presidency undermining the international order — methodically and carefully built, defended and repurposed on a bipartisan basis after World War II and again after the Cold War,” Dent wrote.
Dent tore into the wrecking ball Trump has taken to the post-World War II order and how he has worked tirelessly to “blow it all up.”
The president “has attempted to do without any thought of how to replace it, is unforgivable and disqualifying. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined a Republican President praising autocrats and advancing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy interests in Europe and the Middle East. In one of the most baffling and bizarre displays of public diplomacy, President Trump professed his love of murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — and has gotten nothing in return for this ludicrous bromance,” Dent added.
Dent’s endorsement of Biden is one of necessity, the editorial read.
“Joe Biden has campaigned for my opponents and I have campaigned for his. To be sure, Joe Biden and I have policy disagreements. Should he become our next president, I will no doubt question and disagree with some of his policy decisions, and I will do so respectfully,” wrote Dent.
Noting that unlike run-of-the-mill Republicans, Trump has never been a true conservative. Rather, Trump is an “illiberal populist and nativist whose chaotic approach and managerial malfeasance have undermined the functioning of government.”
For Dent, character matters.
“Biden is fundamentally a decent and honorable man who respects the American tradition, supports the rule of law, embraces America’s friends and allies, and will restore some semblance of normalcy to the functioning of government. That’s all I want — and not too much to ask of a President. Biden will perform these duties respectfully and with dignity,” Dent said.
The future of the GOP may hinge on a Biden victory too, according to Dent.
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