Former Secretary of Defense Mattis issued an amazing rebuke from Trump

Former Secretary of Defense Mattis issued an amazing rebuke from Trump
Former Secretary of Defense Mattis issued an amazing rebuke from Trump

Retired Navy General Jim Mattis, who resigned from President Trump about a year and a half ago over political differences, has made an extraordinary criticism of dealing with the White House riots, saying Trump has tried to divide Americans, and Warning against militarization of our response to protest.

Mattis said in a statement published in The Atlantic, "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution when I joined the army nearly 50 years ago."

"I never thought that soldiers taking the same oath, under any circumstances, ordered a violation of the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens, let alone providing an odd photo for the commander-in-chief, Happens with military leadership. " Mattis wrote on Monday referring to a series of events in which peaceful protesters were removed from the White House to make way for a fair demonstration of the president, the Bible, outside a historic church.

He called Monday's actions "an abuse of executive authority".

On the same day the news came that current Secretary of Defense Mark Graff said in a briefing at the Pentagon that he opposed implementing the Rebellion Act to quell the protests, with the president threatening to do so in a televised speech. Monday.

Earlier this week, Arizona referred to street riots as a "war place" and Trump urged state governors to use police and the National Guard to "dominate" protesters.

"We should reject any idea of ​​our cities as a 'battle place' that our uniformed army called 'dominating'," Matthew wrote. "At home, we should use our army only when, on very rare occasions, by the governors of the state.

The retired general is highly respected within a military career, and carries special weight in his views.

Although it is extremely rare to criticize a sitting president for military leadership in Trump's case, this is not without precedent. It was said after the president's 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which turned violent that "very good people on both sides," including the president, issued statements. To say that neo-Nazis do not represent the United States at the rally

This week, two former presidents of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and Admiral Mike Mullen, condemned the use of the military to ease protests. Dempsey said in a tweet, "The United States is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not enemies."

Mullen wrote in The Atlantic, referring to Monday's photo shoot in St. John's, "Whatever Trump's goal in conducting his trip, he unleashed his disdain for peaceful protest rights in this country, I I help leaders of other countries who comfort themselves in our domestic struggle and risk politicizing the men and women of our armed forces. '

Mattis, who resigned and was later fired by Trump in December 2018 for disagreements with Syria's White House policy, has been silent about the president's job performance since leaving the defense post, and told NPR last year : "I'm not talking about acting presidents." "He said he thought Trump" deserved a period of silence.

Still, the president was troubled by the president's lack of military service in a speech last year, commenting, "I got my spurs on the battlefield ... Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor." .

However, nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody and the use of National Guard troops in Washington to disperse peaceful protesters prompted Mattis to speak "angrily and fearfully."

He said that the protesters only demanded equality of justice under the law.

"This is a healthy and integrated demand, one that we should all be able to support," he wrote.

Mattis wrote, "We should not be distracted by the small number of lawbreakers," referring to the vandalism and looting that has sometimes taken place with large-scale peaceful protests. "Protest is defined by thousands of people of conscience who insist that we live up to our values ​​as a person, our values, and our values ​​as a nation."

Mattis accused the president of following a divisive strategy. "Donald Trump is the first president of my life who does not attempt to unite the American people, nor does he intend to."

"Instead, it is trying to divide us. We are seeing the results of three years of this deliberate effort. We are seeing the results of three years without mature leadership," he said.

Responding to the letter in a tweet, the president said that Mattis had insulted "the world's least normal person", a Trump he had insulted in the past.

In Wednesday's statement, Mattis said the country's response to the pandemic showed that "not only are our soldiers prepared to make maximum sacrifices for the safety of the community." His life is on the line to serve his fellow citizens and his country. "

"We must reject and be accountable to those who will ridicule our constitution. At the same time, we must remember and listen to Lincoln's 'best angels' as we unite."

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