Last night, President Trump issued a slew of Twitter insults against one of America’s most beloved warriors, former Marine General and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Calling him the “world’s most overrated general,” which is nonsensical in and of itself, the President went on to brag about how great it was to fire him and how little he liked him.
On Thursday, the president’s former Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly leaped to his former fellow cabinet member’s defense and contradicted the president, reminding him that Mattis did not get fired but resigned in protest over Trump’s appalling decision to abandon our allies in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.
“The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation. The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man,” said Kelly in an interview, his opinion on Trump’s honor left unsaid but obvious.
General Mattis triggered the president’s ire last night after he 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 divisive 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.
While Jim Kelly is responsible for enabling some of the most heinous atrocities of the Trump administration and should face charges for his role in the monstrous child separation policy, we do appreciate him standing up for Gen. Mattis and showing the Republicans of America that even our nation’s former military commanders are turning against the President.
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