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Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Trump for dividing Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests and said his...

6/4/2020 2:24:00 AM

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,' President Trump's former defense secretary, retired Gen. Jim Mattis, says in stinging rebuke.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump 's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests and said his...

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump’s heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests and said his former boss was setting up a “false conflict” between the military and civilian society.

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“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote.The criticism was all the more remarkable because Mattis has generally kept a low profile since retiring as defense secretary in December 2018 to protest Trump’s Syria policy. He had declined to speak out against Trump, saying he owed the nation public silence while his former boss remained in office.

ADVERTISEMENTBut he’s speaking out after this past week’s protests in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody.Mattis had a scathing description of Trump’s walk to a historic nearby church Monday to pose with a Bible after law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Park of mostly peaceful protesters.

He said he never dreamed troops “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.”

“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,” Mattis wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

Mattis called on Americans to “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.”

Mattis said of the protesters that Americans should not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. He said they are rightly demanding that the country follow the words of “Equal Justice Under Law” that are on display at the U.S. Supreme Court.“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,” Mattis said.

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Mattis took particular issue with the use of force to move back protesters so Trump could visit St. John’s Church the day after it was damaged by fire during protests.“We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution,” Mattis said.

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jim_haack Fake NEWS!! taubertauber6 He is a warmonger and a coward. He never should’ve taken that position if he disagreed with the presidents foreign-policy. What a big fat baby ScottFordTVGuy Trump has never said anything divisive. I'd love to see a factual example. He's never insulted half of the country by referring to them as 'clinging to religion, guns, & xenophobia'. Obama did. He never referred to half of America as deplorable. Hillary did.

A real philosopher warrior knows when to keep his trap shut. ISPEAKTRUTHTOMORONS They suck up to politicians, defense companies, and most disgusting the press. I am curious have those trillions won us any wars? Did Mattis ever win a war? And he talks about failure. 20 years of Afghan failure and still won't admit it.

I would like to know where Mattis was all those decades spending trillions of dollars on the military. Seems that money would have been better spent on social issues. Lets face it Generals are only generals in this country because they know how to suck up. ScottFordTVGuy The truth doesn’t care about your feelings. The truth is the truth

ScottFordTVGuy Jobs report and economy. Trump will win 2020 ScottFordTVGuy He’s wrong 🤷🏼‍♀️ ScottFordTVGuy US citizens and the world have been abused by a manipulative set of policies for decades. Mattis is part of this. Unprecedented prosperity is uniting. Democrat leadership is destroying all that has been built. Stand down? No. Strength. Fair and firm. 🇺🇸

ScottFordTVGuy All because he is not bowing to radicals, caving in to holywood elites, pandering to the media, turning an eye to deep staters, TRUMP is the right guy at the right time ScottFordTVGuy Hahahahaha laughable! ScottFordTVGuy You mean he doesn't spout platitudes in public and then do whatever the heck he wants in private? Like the last few presidents we've had?

ScottFordTVGuy How’s he do that when 1 side don’t want to unite. ? ScottFordTVGuy Nosense. The fool Mattis is so racist that he wanted the war in syria to continue; damned the losses on both sides. ScottFordTVGuy Wrong and once I cherished his name as a leader, today I question him as a man. ScottFordTVGuy 😂😂 OH PLEASE 😂😂😂🤮🤮🤮 Wjo are you again? 😂😂

ScottFordTVGuy He sounds like a bitter old man. Trump2020 ScottFordTVGuy Complete infiltration ScottFordTVGuy When is his book coming out? Ok General Mattis (whom i used to love) detail me how the PREVIOUS guy did one g'damn thing to unite this country? In my lifetime i cannot think of a more divisive president than Barack Obama. How much did this asshat get paid by the DNC? What, his book blunder?..

DeepState mouthpiece of someone who is a HAS-BEEN & now wants to draw attention to himself Having a little TANTRUM is he? Maybe I need to do a little photoshop work & put his face on this: If you were president, you immediately surrender the rioters and let them ravage and pillage as more as possible?

And HUSSEIN OBAMA united AMERICA ...did he? hahahahaha So disturbing to hear Jim Mattis sound off about something he knows nothing about ... What was he saying when he had to reprimand his troops...unite and let’s love each other...I doubt it....Believe me, Jim Mattis nor any other president never had to handle a situation like this!

Mattis is nothing but a TREASONOUS TRAITOR!! Apparently he had this planned a long time ago!! Hope he ends up in GITMO where he belongs!!! TrumpLandslide2020 This comment does not help at all either. JimMattis: Isis will be defeated in 2 to 3 years. PresidentTrump: You’re fired! Aftermath: ISIS was defeated in a month’s time.

Who reccomended Mattis? Looks like somebody took the Bernie Sanders type deal. How many houses will Mattis have? Offshore account? We didn't hire Trump to unite the country. We hired him to bust up the Washington elite and DrainTheSwamp. Obviously, Mattis was part of the SWAMP. Mattis spent years killing people all over the globe. It was time to leave Syria and Iraq. He'll have to find something else to do besides killing.

Sore loser. This is BS, and Mattis knows it, he's a Globalist. DeepState Too bad Trump didn't get rid of him sooner. The 'oh no, this person is trying to divide others' argument can be used in EVERY situation. It is being used by both the left and the right and lazy as hell. Shame on Mattis. What a horrible time in history for a General of his stature to be saying those kinds of things about a President who has done nothing but improve people’s lives and lively hoods. I’m ashamed to say I use to work for the Mattis Bushes must have got to him.

Divider in chief _Politics Do you ever share ANY positive views on realDonaldTrump? There is a nation that supports him! So happy people are starting to speak up!!!! Especially high level experienced people!! All denouncing Trump. 😳 ... A_Murillo realDonaldTrump claims to have come up with the 'Mad Dog' moniker. Because of course he did. 🤣

Fired by Obama as well! paulbettner I mean, everyone else already knew that even before he was ran for election. Bullshit. Trump has continually tried to unite the country. Dems and the msm constantly divide. So you’re condoning the chaos, anarchy and destruction of our cities and businesses. Sorry General but in all due respect then you’re a fraud.

MiaFarrow Yes by writing a divisive op ed he accuses someone else of being divisive President Trump is the best boss in American history. SamChampion SamChampion The DeepState in full display! Sour grapes from a man who wasn't needed by 2 Presidents. It's the Democratic party that's trying to divide us by race

I didn’t vote for the Mattis! I voted for Donald Trump! ScrewMattis!! ObamaGate 😏 Hey remember when you leftists were calling him a war criminal? That he was a mad man that's going to send us to war? DUMP TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Perhaps the General see Trump moving towards MARTIAL LAW. And what is achievement of Obama and Clinton and bush sex scandal, war in Asia and create millions of migrants ? That’s you called unity

Truth mattis was in obama team . are you waiting for his support of president TRUMP ? ItalianPolitics George W Bush? ،😍😍😍😍 Snapchat tells the COVIDIOTinChief to get lost. WELL DONE! Glad he finally spoke up. BrianKarem Finally you said the correct thing. The media does 10x more division than POTUS, spare us.

I believe in the American judicial system. If the mob does not believe in the American judicial system, the mob is welcome to experience the Chinese judicial system. On behalf of China, I welcome rioting terrorists to come to China by plane. The Chinese government acknowledges that using Chinese students in the US social network platform, making fake news, inciting extreme molecules to attack the US government, Chinese government money bribe American gang criminals incite the robbery and murder, and make riots.

Black lives matter, Mr Trump ain't try at all,his body language is not in line with the peaceful coexistence of blacks in America. People see this face this is another face of a guy swimming in the swamp and he just came up for air MiaFarrow This guy looks like death warmed over The people of the US were divided by the end of the Obama administration. Thats why Trump was elected. Mattis has a short memory.

If realDonaldTrump and senatemajldr and the whole GOP can’t see that all of America and the whole world are rebuking them, they are as stupid or evil (or both) as their actions make them seem. Ahem here ya go TomCottonAR You are not fit to serve anything. Matt is is a warmonger He was just upset that Trump doesn’t wanna have any more wars everywhere

Bitter old man, someone change is depends... duh!! Sounds like a traitor to me. That's a sign that Republican rhinos are being activated This is the guy that made his career on the incredibly unpopular war in Iraq started on false pretenses. The guy that started it was followed in office by a guy that used the IRS to investigate his opposition during election years. There hasn't been a 'uniter' since Carter.

This old soldier disgraced himself today. Try uniting half the country who accused you of a phony Russ collusion, attacked you in the media daily, went after family and tried to impeach you over nothing. These people live in a hate cesspool. Wade right in Gen. The stench is fine. That's because there's been a 3 year coup based off lies to oust him. TAKE NO PRISONERS.

Let's see you served under Bush's Iraq war under Obama's Afganistan was how do you justify your remarks when every city and state is run by Democrats funny when did your allegiance to this country leave you.these grievances have festered for years Trump in offic 3 Well general you’re not the President. You let us down and quite your position as secretary of defense and relegated yourself to a keyboard warrior, your statement does nothing but further divide Americans. You and Mike Mullens are on a shameful downward slope.

LuigiTwit you have to take out the garbage from the United States Wow! Who would think a 4 Star General would speak out against our amazing President! Should ask him how much he got paid to say that. It's a shame that Matt is who had a great career is going out on a sad note as he is in his Twilight years. Apparently Mattis thinks rioting in The streets shooting police officers and burning down buildings is ok?

Uniting that country...pleeeeeeese The problem for Mattis is that he was an accomplice in one of the greatest crimes of the 21st century so far - the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses. President Trump was elected, in part, because he promised an end to stupid wars in the Middle East. So far, so good. 🤷🏻‍♂️🇺🇸

Maddog Mattis gets infected with Madcow Disease Thanks Mattis. Now, would you please close that barn door? Because the horse left about 3 years ago. How dare Mattis accuse President Trump of exactly what BarackObama did, which was nothing but divide the American people 😡 projecting much ? I mean WTF Republicans? How many former high level staff do you need to hear it from? He literally fires anyone who disagrees with him. You can’t stand the heat of a few 45 tweets to speak out against his nonsense? He’s going to lose in Nov anyway. Your silence is deafening

Thank you, General Mattis! When you lose the respect of one of the most respected military generals of our time...all hope is lost. Trump can’t he gone soon enough. MaggieDeg4 Donald Trump is an enemy of America. Sadly, no one wants to run for President anymore, they just want to be the Party leader Now they've triggered a Depression, it no longer matters. $35 Trillion debt, 4000 nuclear weapons... Time to end the Constitution... move on

ObamaGate RussiaHoax ImpeachmentHoax Obama was the WorstPresidentEver Last time I checked Mattis not The President. Take a seat. _Politics Major effing eyeroll... I guess we let them burn America to the ground and loot the shit out of it, too, huh? Just let it happen... Cause 'Orange Man Bad'... One- Two punch In a fiery resignation letter, James N. Miller accused President Trump and Defense Secretary Esper of violating their oaths of office

With the exception of Reagan, the rest of the presidents pretended to unite, while carrying the water for the elite. I agree with you. Took him years to realise that. Deep state Mattis has more allegiance to war mongers (who hate Trump’s efforts to end wars) than USA=TRAITOR Frightening-war mongers, who CONTROL MANY in military, feel emboldened to attack sitting President Mueller coup didn’t work Military coup next? tedcruz TomCottonAR

this is bs being spewed by a spurned past associate. If DJT had agreed to bomb certain people, if he would activate the military, declare martial law and have tanks going down the middle of the streets running over these rioters, Mattis would be singing his praises. That coming from Mad dog Let me fix this “ Donald Trump is the first dictator in American history...” better, yes?

Drain the swamp. Dumbdog included. Mattis forgot Obama It would be nice if more of our public servants would speak up... grow some balls people. Let's see Republican fanboys dismiss this Yes trump s worse human being and president 😞😔 ✊ Sadly, no one wants to run for President anymore, they just want to be the Party leader Now that they've triggered a Depression, it no longer matters The $35 Trillion debt, 4000 nuclear weapons, and a worthless Military is all that's left Time to end the Constitution... move on

I am a big fan of Mattis but both sides of the fence need to be called out here. Neither side wants solutions. They keep trying to utilize this tragedy for their own gain. If either side were to try to unite us, I would vote for them without question. Not seeing it. General Mattis is a great American. Now let's see how many Trump followers put Trump before their country and start attacking Mattis. They should seriously listen to what Mattis has to say.

Too little, too late. Mattis owed us his assessment as soon as he left his position. He. Owed. Us. And look what his silence got us. … where were you when they were spying on Gen Flynn & Candidate Trump, you're a disappointment . LeAnnaRitter84 Hot damn Honey, Welcome to the revolution! Every republican in congress should be forced to comment on this statement. Mattis is correct, he said it out loud, they know he's correct but they will be cowards

Now do the MSM... Trump defending himself or reacting to fake news isn’t divisive. It’s him OPPOSING the fake news about him. Career bureaucrat Mattis is total disgrace to the uniform. Who wants to unite with thugs and hooligans? How is this stinging? How is it even a rebuke? All this talk is so cheap. Just ask a bitter clinger how uniting Obama was ..... deplorable

_Politics It’s too far to compare Trump to the nazis though but at least Mattis is coming out where’s Kelly DYSFUNCTIONAL DON 🤡 America or realDonaldTrump Day late and a dollar short, old man. Dividing people is the only thing bunker boi is good at. The first? Hmmm Uhhhhhhhhh....Barry Obama...... 🚨🚨🚨 TDS Alert 🚨🚨🚨

SGTHambuns Is he trying to sell a new book? Mad Dog Mattis just disgruntled. Needs more war to remain the Big Cheese. Glad gone. Him and Bushy Face . . . Hawks. Just like the pigs, lawyers and lawyer judges do to us every single day thanks to the traitors in the United States Supreme Court! Exactly!! We did not elect him to talk..

Now we know why this idiot was canned. butthurt Trump is a nazi. Rage diaper detonation on Twitter coming in 3... 2... Its too late to say this!!

Former Defense Secretary Mattis breaks silence and tears into Trump: 'He tries to divide us'Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis ripped into his former boss President Donald Trump in a scathing Wednesday night statement. Remember, McClellan denounced Lincoln on similar themes when Lincoln was running for re-election in 1864. Stick to the markets.. we already get enough propaghanda as it is. Try calling Mattis a liberal snowflake. Bigger issue than red or blue.

Mattis tears into Trump: 'We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership'Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis castigated President Donald Trump as 'the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people' in a forceful rebuke of his former boss as nationwide protests have intensified over the death of George Floyd. 'We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,' Mattis said 96% Republicans support President Trump Sour grapes & Its an election year.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Says Trump ‘Tries to Divide Us’Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a statement Wednesday, said: “ Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people.” Sounds like he hates our .realDonaldTrump .....but we love our .realDonaldTrump Clase de traidor. Inconcebible His comment is dividing

Former Defense Secretary Mattis blasts President Trump: '3 years without mature leadership'BREAKING: In rare public comments James Mattis, President Trump's former Defense Secretary, has blasted the commander in chief for how he has handled the wave of protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. 25th amendment now What courage looks like! realDonaldTrump and his enabler yes-men need to resign

James Mattis Issues Blistering Statement About Donald Trump: “He Tries To Divide Us”“We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort,” Mattis said. “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.” but if he was part of all this corruption, what he says today he would have said when he was within the administration, but he lacked courage like many others I mean I would of told you this in November '16 but ok work Good read

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