Any of the people surrounding Donald Trump who would tell him “no,” are long gone. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Senate has been floating in the deep end of oblivion for three and one-half years, totally ignoring any of his responsibilities in monitoring POTUS. The American people looked around and saw what was happening and decided they would have to pick up the responsibility for the country. And they did.
Four-star generals who have been working for or with the president came out and condemned Trump. Such actions run against their very grains, the unwritten rule of refusing to go public about a sitting president. The military only wants to remain apolitical.
The former Commander of the US Special Operations Command retired Admiral Bill Raven has been well known as the Navy SEAL who handled Osama bin Laden’s capture. According to MSNBC, he said:
‘This fall, it’s time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat or independent,” said William H. McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “President Trump has shown he doesn’t have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”‘
On the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the admiral compared Trump to other wartime leaders:
‘As we have struggled with the COVID pandemic and horrible acts of racism and injustice, this president has shown none of those qualities. The country needs to move forward without him at the helm.’
He appeared on NBC’s Sunday Show Meet the Press and spoke out about the president:
‘[He’s] a battle space to be dominated.’
Then, on ‘Fox News Sunday he condemned Trump once again:
‘[The military] should never be called to fight our own people as enemies of the state, We have a military to fight our enemies, not our own people.’
The Bloomberg News wrote about POTUS after he threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807. That would send active-duty troops into cities holding protests after George Floyd died as a result of police violence. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright tweeted:
‘I am George Floyd,” explaining, “ I am a Black Man who happens to be Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and I am committed to making this better.’
An op-ed in The Washington Post‘ criticized Trump this weekend. Seventy-eight former Defense Department officials, which included four retired Pentagon chiefs, co-authored the Washington Post‘s piece. Those who signed their name to the op-ed demanded that Trump to stop using the military for his own political ends.
There were 20 retired generals and four former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs in the group. They included: Retired four-star Marine General Tony Thomas, retired three-star Lieutenant General John Allen, retired four-star General Russel Honore, retired four-star General Michael Hayden, retired Major General Steven Lepper, retired four-star General Barry McCaffrey, and former Trump Chief of Staff retired four-star General John Kelly.
Retired three-star Admiral Joseph Maguire was in the Trump administration as acting Director of National Intelligence. He sided with Generals James Mattis and William Mullen. Former Chairman of. the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired Army General Martin Dempsey also appeared on NPR (National Public Radio).
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