President Donald Trump seems consistently inordinately sensitive to the slightest affronts against his public image, so he seems likely to rage if he hears about the latest ad from the anti-Trump Republican group known as The Lincoln Project. Following an array of other successful ads that have shamed the so-called president and been viewed millions upon millions of times, the group has now released an ad spotlighting former Marine Corps General James Mattis’s recent public condemnation of Trump. Following Trump’s incendiary response to nationwide protests against police brutality, which he suggested should be confronted with even more brutality from authorities, Mattis publicly denounced Trump as a threat to Constitutional order within the United States.
— The Real Reed Galvin (@reedgalen) June 5, 2020
In the new Lincoln Project ad, a narrator explains:
‘This is the story of a coward and a commander. The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he’s always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis’ words deserve to be heard by every American.’
"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." —General James Mattis pic.twitter.com/4OHA4FbSDh
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 5, 2020
Mattis, it’s important to note, actually served in the Trump administration at one point as Defense Secretary. He’s since been replaced by an individual named Mark Esper. Now, Trump has been threatening to send the military into the streets of the U.S. at large to confront protesters who he doesn’t happen to support, and Mattis recently observed:
‘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…. Militarizing our response, as we saw in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect.’
John Kelly agrees with Mattis and says nation needs to choose leaders more wisely https://t.co/uxbcKQuJdb
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 5, 2020
Trump, of course, doesn’t seem to particularly care about the relationship between law enforcement, military personnel, and the people of the U.S. Trump seems open to the idea of militarily occupying his own country.
AP: Trump ordered military aircraft to fly above the nation’s capital Monday night as a "show of force" against demonstrators. Show-of-force missions are designed to intimidate and, in combat zones, warn opposing forces of potential military action if provoked.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) June 2, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to the new Lincoln Project ad: