Ryan Pickrell and David Choi of Business Insider wrote:Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who has largely kept silent on the president, issued a blistering statement Wednesday criticizing President Donald Trump and even suggesting he's a threat to the US Constitution in a call for Americans to come together to oppose his actions.
"I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled," Mattis said in a statement given to The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.
He said that the president is actively trying to divide the nation.
"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," the legendary former Marine Corps general said. "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," he continued in the letter first published by The Atlantic. "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 praised protesters as "people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation" and sharply criticized Trump's militaristic response to the protests.
"When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution," he said. "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."
"We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution," Mattis added.
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It doesn't look like Trump is getting much support from the military and folks in the Pentagon. I applaud General Mattis. The U.S. military serves the American people and not a dictator or dictator wanna be like Trump.
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