Former Defense Secretary James Mattis denounces Trump
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, spoke out against President Trump Wednesday and urged Americans to reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding.”
Mattis went on to say that Trump is the first president in his lifetime that doesn’t try to unite the American people.
“He does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort,” said Mattis. “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. 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.”
The retired general had a major issue with the use of force against protesters in Lafayette Park this week so Trump could visit St. John’s Church. He said the American answer is “In Union there is Strength” and we must summon that unity to surmount this crisis, confident that we are better than our politics.
His comments got plenty of support and plenty of criticism online including from Trump himself.
“Probably the only thing Barack Obama and I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General,” Trump tweeted. “I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, & changed it to ‘Mad Dog.’ His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom ‘brought home the bacon’. I didn’t like his ‘leadership’ style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Twitter, “That Secretary Mattis, someone who President Trump used to hail as “Mad Dog Mattis”, felt so strongly the need to speak up today further underscores how devastatingly destructive Donald Trump is to our country as president.”
Mattis resigned from the Trump administration in December of 2018 due to his opposition to Trump’s troop pullout from Syria. He said at the time he wanted to give the administration an opportunity to govern, rather than criticize the president in the media.
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