Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Marc Racicot slammed former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Health Care — Scalise wants Fauci to testify Texas mail ballot rejections soar under new restrictions Scalise calls for Fauci to testify at upcoming hearing MORE over his comments on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, writing that the ex-commander in chief is “not fit to lead this nation.”
In an article written for the Independent Record on Wednesday, Racicot analyzed Trump’s commentary on the conflict in Ukraine, determining that the ex-president is not fit to lead the U.S., especially during a moment of crisis.
He said the “essential qualities of leadership and human character” are decency, honesty, humility, honor and faithfulness.”
“Donald Trump does not possess those essential qualities of character that leave him fit to lead this nation, most especially in a time of crisis,” Racicot wrote.
The former RNC chair, who led the committee from 2001 to 2003, pointed to Trump’s comments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine in making his argument that the ex-president is not fit to serve. Trump previously called Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussian journalist explains why she staged anti-war protest on live TV CNN anchor breaks down talking to Ukrainian father whose family was killed Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — More weapons but no planes for Ukraine MORE “smart” and “savvy” before changing his tone and describing him as a “ruthless thug.”
Racicot on Wednesday wrote that Trump’s comments on the situation in Ukraine “were laced with reckless propositions, cruelty and improprieties which continue to poison and fray the political life and social fabric of the nation.”
“The vicious actions of the Russian president have been universally condemned by decent people everywhere. But, not by Donald Trump,” Racicot added.
The former Montana governor, who served from 1993 to 2001, also pointed to Trump’s comments to top RNC donors at a retreat, where he reportedly joked that the U.S. should “put the Chinese flag” on F-22 fighter jets and “bomb the shit” out of Russia, then blame the incident on Beijing and “sit back and watch” when the two countries “start fighting with each other.”
Racicot said those remarks “expose an appalling lack of compassion for the death and destruction of the lives, culture and country of the people of Ukraine.”
“And they remind us once more, how critical the character and stability of one person can be,” he added.
The Hill reached out to Trump for comment.
Wednesday was not Racicot’s first time criticizing members of the GOP. In February, he penned an open letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielThe Hill’s Campaign Report: GOP hits Dems over rising prices at the pump The Hill’s Campaign Report: What Texas tells us about the midterms RNC warns presidential debate organizer over fundraising language MORE writing the committee would regret censuring Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWatch: Weekend stories you might have missed Will the US continue to play a leadership role? Cheney says GOP lawmaker who called Trump a ‘would-be tyrant’ is right MORE (R-Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger calls out Gabbard for Russian misinformation Kinzinger: My ‘biggest regret’ was voting against first Trump impeachment Capitol marks two years since closing to public from COVID-19 MORE (R-Ill.) for their participation in the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Additionally, Racicot in September 2020 announced that he would not support Trump in that year’s presidential election.