Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks made an impassioned call on Friday for Republicans to reject their presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE, imploring party leaders not to join those who are “selling their integrity for a candidate who will probably lose.”
In his column, Brooks acknowledged Trump’s electoral success but argued that the business mogul is unfit for the White House.
“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.”