CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday pilloried Republicans who have continued to dodge the question of whether they can back their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, arguing that it’s past time to speak out against him. “Not one former secretary of state, defense or treasury has signed on or publicly announced that he or she will not vote for the man,” Zakaria said. “Where are George Shultz, James Baker, Condoleezza Rice and Hank Paulson? Can their reputations survive their silence?” Zakaria saved his sharpest critiques for Republicans who have resigned themselves to supporting Trump, even while condemning his rhetoric and policy proposals. He singled out Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has backed Trump, despite the real estate mogul criticizing McCain’s military service and questioning his bravery as a prisoner of war.
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