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Respected Former GOP Governor, Tom Ridge Endorses Biden, Saying Trump Cost Lives & Lacks Integrity

Tom Ridge, the respected former Gov. of Pennsylvania and first US Secretary of Homeland Security endorsed Joe Biden for President today, saying that Donald Trump "lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead." Ridge published his impassioned endorsement in a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania's largest newspaper. It's a scathing indictment of Trump who he believes cost American lives by bungling the Covid-19 crisis.

Ridge, Philadelphia Inquirer: "Donald Trump has proven over these last four years he is incapable of such leadership. It is not within him. He lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead. He sows division along political, racial and religious lines. And he routinely dismisses the opinions of experts who know far more about the subject at hand than he does – intelligence, military, and public health. Our country has paid dearly in lives lost, social unrest, economic hardship and our standing in the world."

And Ridge believes that Trump is seeking to undermine the nation's bedrock principles to gain electoral advantage.

Ridge, Philadelphia Inquirer: "With just about one month until Election Day, President Trump continues to claim the only way he can possibly be defeated is a rigged election. Can you imagine the hubris? Can you imagine any other president in our lifetime — or ever — saying something so dangerous and un-American? We are in the midst of a health crisis, when we should be doing all we can to help citizens vote safely, yet he continues to cast doubt on the sanctity of the vote. He’s done so multiple times here in Pennsylvania. It’s deplorable, yet utterly consistent with past reprehensible behavior."

Finally, the former Governor closes with an appeal to elect Joe Biden to "undue the damage" that Trump has done to the nation.

Ridge, Philadelphia Inquirer: "For me, voting is not just a privilege, but a responsibility. And this year, I believe the responsible vote is for Joe Biden. It’s a vote for decency. A vote for the rule of law. And a vote for honest and earnest leadership. It’s time to put country over party. It’s time to dismiss Donald Trump."


By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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