Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks made an impassioned call on Friday for Republicans to reject their presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMichelle Obama featured in new Clinton ad Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter' Arizona newspaper endorses Dem for president for first time MORE, imploring party leaders not to join those who are “selling their integrity for a candidate who will probably lose.”
“Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president,” Brooks wrote. “He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa.”
The scathing piece bashed Trump for his past statements, noting that he has been refuted many times by fact-checkers.
“Trump is perhaps the most dishonest person to run for high office in our lifetimes,” Brooks wrote. “All politicians stretch the truth, but Trump has a steady obliviousness to accuracy.”
“He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity,” he added. “He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12.”
Citing Bible quotes and controversial politicians such as George Wallace, Brooks went on to argue that Republicans getting on board with Trump would be a “moral failure.”
He said that it would be a strategic failure as well, noting that polls have shown that about 60 percent of the nation’s voters disapprove of Trump.
“Worse, there are certain standards more important than one year’s election,” Brooks continued. “There are certain codes that if you betray them, you suffer something much worse than a political defeat.”
“Trump’s supporters deserve respect. They are left out of this economy. But Trump himself? No, not Trump, not ever.”