On Wednesday night, President Trump took to Twitter to disparage his former Secretary of Defense, James Mattis. The retired Marine Corps General shared his frustrations with the president in a powerful piece published in the Atlantic, correctly describing him as a threat to the Constitution and formally denouncing him for dividing Americans with his appalling threats and insults towards the protesters that have rocked the nation over the past few days.
“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,” writes General Mattis.
Predictably, President Trump immediately proved him right by going online and penning one of the same tired, trite insult-laden tweets that he does every time anyone crosses him, lamely attempting to own him by bragging about how great it was to fire him and how little he liked him.
…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
General Mattis, frustrated by Trump’s “limited cognitive ability” and appalled by Trump’s decision to abandon our allies in the fight against the Islamic State, resigned in December 2018.
The comparison between Mattis and Trump’s respective missives speaks for itself. It is revolting but sadly unsurprising to see the President so callously smearing the man known as America’s most beloved Marine, whose only “fault” was refusing to go along with Trump’s more idiotic and destructive impulses.