More than 230 former senior military leaders released an open letter Monday endorsing President Trump for reelection.
In the statement, 235 retired members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces – including multiple Army generals and Navy admirals – said "our historic way of life is at stake" and that the 2020 election would be "the most important election since our country was founded."
The letter goes on to criticize the Obama-Biden administration for its military budget cuts and the nuclear deal with Iran. The letter also decries the Democrat's platform of "welcoming socialists and Marxists," open borders, anti-police rhetoric, and plans for further cuts to military spending.
In contrast, the signatories said that Trump's "resolute stands" have deterred foreign threats, and that reelecting the president will allow the nation to "secure our borders, defeat our adversaries, and restore law and order domestically."
The letter comes a week after The Atlantic published an article alleging Trump disparaged fallen WWI soldiers.
Here is the full text of the joint letter:
"The 2020 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to affirm their devotion to the Constitution of the United States and to the American way of life. As senior leaders of America's military, we took an oath to defend the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. At present, our country is now confronted with enemies here and abroad, as well as a once in a century pandemic. As retired military officers, we believe that Donald J. Trump has been tested as few other presidents have and is the proven leader to confront these dangers.
It can be argued that this is the most important election since our country was founded. With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake.
During the Obama/Biden administration, America's armed forces were subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts. The Democrats have once again pledged to cut defense spending, undermining our military strength.
The Democrats' opposition to border security, their pledge to return to the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, their antagonism towards the police and planned cuts to military spending will leave the United States more vulnerable to foreign enemies.
President Trump's resolute stands have deterred our enemies from aggression against us and our allies. The proposed defense cuts by the Democrats will, in our professional judgment, create a potentially perilous situation for the United States during a time of great external and internal threats to our Nation.
For these reasons, we support Donald Trump's re-election. We believe that President Donald Trump is committed to a strong America. As president, he will continue to secure our borders, defeat our adversaries, and restore law and order domestically.
We urge our fellow Americans to join us in supporting the re-election of Donald Trump for President."