Ex-Trump DHS Official: Biden's Gettysburg Speech 'Perfectly Encapsulates What We Need’


Elizabeth Neumann, who until April was a high-ranking official in the Department of Homeland Security, offered a ringing endorsement of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s Tuesday address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” Neumann praised the former vice president for his campaign speech at the Civil War battlefield, in which he declared: “We can end this era of division. We can end the hate and the fear. We can be what we are at our best: The United States of America.”

Neumann, who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, had revealed in a video released by the group Republican Voters Against Trump in August that she’d flipped on the president due to his failed response to the coronavirus pandemic and because his racist rhetoric had made her job impossible.

“I’ve been working on commercials and op-eds and different ways to communicate to people why I came to this conclusion,” Neumann told “Deadline” host Nicolle Wallace Tuesday of her decision to back Biden.

“Now I can just send them this speech,” she said. “It perfectly encapsulates what we need right now in this country.”

Check out the exchange above.

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