And the Republican candidates are indeed attacking him as defeatist and weak.
If anything is hopeless—and breeds hopelessness—it is this defeatist approach.
I will take her any day over the “educated class,” the bureaucratic mollusks and the defeatist sad sacks in Washington.
1918, adjective and noun, in reference to pacifists and political opposition in Britain, from French défaitiste, which was used there in reference to the Russians who sought to end their war with Germany; see defeat (n.) + -ist. Their opposition, in the original Russian context, were called defensists.