The US Airways captain who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009 and saved everyone on board hinted Monday that he'll vote for Democrats in the midterm election next week in order to stave off a "toxic political environment" that he indicated is being caused by President Trump and congressional Republicans.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger didn't name Trump or any GOP leaders in his op-ed for the Washington Post. But he argued that people in leadership positions set the tone, and made it clear he's not happy with Republican leaders.
"In every situation, but especially challenging ones, a leader sets the tone and must create an environment in which all can do their best," Sullenberger wrote. "You get what you project. Whether it is calm and confidence — or fear, anger and hatred — people will respond in kind. Courage can be contagious."
"Today, tragically, too many people in power are projecting the worst," he added. "Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet."
"This is not the America I know and love," Sullenberger wrote. "We're better than this."
Sullenberger said that for most of his life, he was a registered Republican, but hinted that he would be voting for Democrats this time around.
"I have always voted as an American," he wrote. "And this critical Election Day, I will do so by voting for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses."