Mattis Scorches Trump After His Response to the George Floyd Protests: ‘He Tries to Divide Us’

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is breaking his silence and criticizing President Donald Trump for his response to the protests that have erupted after the death of George Floyd

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote in a statement released Wednesday evening. 

Mattis urged Americans to not be “distracted by a small number of lawbreakers.” 

He continued, “The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.”

Additionally, he turned to the controversial decision to use National Guard troops and law enforcement officers to disperse protesters who had gathered in front of the White House on Monday evening. 

He wrote, “Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

On Monday, Trump said he would deploy the U.S. Military to cities to help quell violent demonstrations. But Mattis raised concerns that deploying the military in the U.S. “sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society.”

Additionally, Mattis blasted Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people.”

“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. 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. 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.”

“We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another,” he said.

“We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Park. 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.”

“Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad,” he concluded. 

Trump has received heavy criticism after protesters who had gathered in front of the White House were dispersed, which cleared way for him to walk over to the historic St. John’s Church to pose for a picture. 

Military officials have also been criticized for the move. But Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he did not know the National Guard troops would be used to disperse the protesters.

Mattis’ statement marks a break from his previous commitment to stay silent while Trump is in office. 

“You don’t endanger the country by attacking the elected commander in chief,” Mattis told Jeffrey Goldberg — the editor in chief of The Atlantic — in August, 2019. 

He added, “I may not like a commander in chief one fricking bit, but our system puts the commander in chief there.”

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  2. Division.

    Despite Dear Leader wanting to vilify ANTIFA, His Majesty’s FBI says there was no evidence that they were active in D.C., May 31st protest.

    thenation.com/article/activism/antifa-trump-fbi/

  3. Bunker Baby trumplethinskin; the Anti-America, Anti-Constitution, Anti-Democracy, Anti-Rule Of Law complete abortion of a president is a toxic, useless, worthless, violence fomenting piece of shit supported and enabled by asshole morons just like him.

  4. “We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. ” Gen. Mattis

    Did we? Really?

    All I see, so far, is both sides entrenched as ever. Those opposed to tyranny are putting up a brave front in the face of violence against them, but those behind a fascistic Dear Leader haven’t changed their toxic rhetoric here one bit. There is certainly no evidence of THAT on IJR.

  5. riots spreading to over 150 cities.

    people are losing their livelihood, first from pandemic and now from looting.

    and this idiot finds fault in Trump!

    1. Dear Leader has confused harry.

      Dear Leader dithered and spread MISinformation for a minimum of 6 weeks after he COULD have fired up pandemic countermeasures. He failed to do that thereby adding a minimum of 54,000 unnecessary deaths to our grand total.

      Dear Leader has done NOTHING consequential to quell any protests against violence, from either the agitator side or the law enforcement side. Nothing. His Majesty HAS fanned the flames of unrest with tweets and really tacky photo-ops propaganda, and hiding in his basement, though.

      Harry is confused.

    2. 38% of those polled on Trump’s handling of the protests approved–55% disapproved. I wondered when I read the polling results JUST WHO would approve. Apparently “harry” is among the 38%. Lordy, please make America SANE Again SOON!

      1. Want to see an interesting coincidence?

        salon.com/2019/10/22/cam-members-of-the-trump-cult-be-deprogrammed-after-the-leader-falls-steven-hassan-says-yes/

        39%

        No change.

        Do you know what it is going to take to deprogram about 63 million citizens walking around in a daze, because I don’t. They aren’t all going to suddenly get a great big dose of sanity.

  6. More bad news Bunker Baby definitely doesn’t want you to know :

    As of 19:00 hrs on 6/3/20 :
    109,140 Americans are confirmed to have died from the Covid-19 virus
    Up 1,081 from 6/2/20
    and
    1,901,522 Americans are confirmed to have been infected by the Covid-19 virus.
    Up 20,317 from 6/2/20

    There is no indication that the numbers will be declining.

  7. Another true patriot calling out Bunker Boy’s shitting on The Constitution and America.
    WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!

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