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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis has broken months of silence and penned an op-ed where he denounces Donald Trump’s leadership and endorses the aims of the protesters.
Mattis condemned the flexing of military might against protests he calls a legitimate response to demands for equal justice. He writes that his former commander in chief is incapable of healing the nation.
‘Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,’ Mattis writes in the Atlantic.
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His statement about Trump seeking to divide the nation immediately follows.
‘We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society,’ he continues.
He pointedly takes on Trump’s photo-op Monday, where the president brandished a bible in front of St. John’s church. He writes that he is ‘angry and appalled’ by unfolding events.
‘We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite,’ Mattis wrote.
He called for unity and calm. ‘This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.’
His blistering article comes as other former military officials, including former head of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen, blasted Trump for seeking to ‘politicize’ the military.
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Mattis also wholeheartedly backs those marching for changes to U.S. policing after the death of George Floyd, who is black, at the hands of a white police officer – even singling out a ‘small number of lawbreakers’ who have undertaken property damage, which left a swath of buildings in downtown D.C. with shattered windows.
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- Mattis has kept quiet on Trump since leaving the administration
- He is one of a number of top generals Trump brought into his team
- Trump regularly used his ‘mad dog’ moniker when he selected him
- Mattis said Trump does not try to unite the American people
- Blasted ‘bizarre photo-op’ outside the White House with troops
- Says he is ‘angry and appalled’ by unfolding events
- Esper said Wednesday that active duty forces should only be used for law enforcement in the homeland as a ‘last resort.’
- Donald Trump asserted in a more than 35-tweet tirade Wednesday morning that police need to ‘get tough’ on violent protesters across the country
- He also demanded ‘LAW & ORDER!’ and shared that ‘The National Guard is ready!’ after New York City businesses had to board up their windows
- The claims come after the president privately has backed off his plan to deploy active-duty military to quell rioters amid backlash at his Monday photo-op
- A discussion over the idea led to a shouting match during a Monday meeting with the president between administration officials who supported and opposed
- The president claims state and local leaders need to be more tough and officials say Trump wanted Washington, D.C. to be an example for other cities
- Hundreds of army soldiers armed with bayonets arrived at two military bases near the nation’s capital on Tuesday evening
- On Monday, military helicopters hovered over demonstrators to disperse crowds gathering after the 7:00 p.m. curfew and Trump called it a ‘show of force’