President Trump has responded to retired General James Mattis and a criticizing post he wrote about the president’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests.
In the post, Mattis claims Trump has made “a mockery of our Constitution” and said he “does not try to unite the American people.”
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote in the post. “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. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind.”
Mattis took specific issue with Trump vocalizing he could use the military to intervene and stop violent protesters.
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. 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,” Mattis wrote.
As Fox News reports, Trump quickly responded to Mattis’ criticism and that of current Defense Secretary Mark Esper:
Tensions have exploded in recent days between President Trump and a batch of current and former military officials who are critical – to varying degrees – of how he’s handled the unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
The officials, including Trump’s current Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, his former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and several others, have either implicitly broken with Trump in statements on policy or explicitly denounced his leadership — and Trump has fired back.
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In a pair of tweets, Trump said he was proud to have fired Mattis, who he refers to as “the world’s most overrated general.”
“Probably the only thing Barack Obama & 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 to ‘Mad Dog.'”
He added: “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!”
…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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020