James Mattis accuses Trump of splitting society.
The former US Secretary of Defense is outraged in a guest post about the President’s handling of the protests. Donald Trump is a splitter, he writes.
Former Pentagon chief James Mattis has unusually clearly criticized US President Donald Trump and his handling of the recent protests against racist police violence. Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who doesn’t try to unite the American people – who don’t even pretend to try,” Mattis wrote in a post for The Atlantic magazine. “Instead, he’s trying to split us up.” The citizens are witness to the consequences of this premeditated effort. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”
Mattis called on the Americans to get together without Trump.
He was particularly enraged by the recent use of military force to drive mostly peaceful demonstrators out of a park near the White House so that Trump could go to a church and pose with a Bible there.
He would never have dreamed that troops would “be ordered to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens under any circumstances – let alone provide a bizarre snapshot opportunity for the commander-in-chief who is at the wrong of the military leadership.” Trump also conjures up a “false conflict” between the military and civil society. “He was upset and disgusted with what was going on this week,” Mattis wrote.