Donald Trump has insisted on the need for order since the start of the movement was born after George Floyd’s death, but army generals have criticized him. His strategy for permanent cleavage may have shown its limits this time by further isolating it.
The buckle of Donald Trump’s former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who accused the US president of dividing the country with his leadership of the protests, never ceases to make waves. Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday, June 4, revealed she had “trouble” deciding to vote for Donald Trump in November, saying the corrosive charge against the president published by the former Pentagon boss was “true” and “necessary” .
“Donald Trump did not expect Jim Mattis, who has always been on his reserve, to place himself so clearly,” says US specialist Jean-Éric Branaa, a professor of research at Pantheon University. -Assas, contacted by France 24. “And although Trump wants to appear as a government figure, this highly respected general has come to sanction his strategy.”
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Jim Matti’s podium was particularly cut. “In my lifetime, Donald Trump is the first president who does not try to bring Americans together, who do not even pretend to try,” he wrote in a statement published online June 3 by the magazine. Atlantic. “Instead, he’s trying to divide us,” added the former Marine general.
The former defense secretary specifically refers to Day 1your June. That day, after muscling the protesters in front of the White House, the US president went to St. John’s Church, the “Bible” in his hand, to announce his intention to “Use soldiers on American soil to restore order.”
Donald Trump “did not hide his contempt for the right to peaceful protest”
For former General Douglas Lute, a member of the National Security Councils of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, questioned by New York Times, Donald Trump’s communications operation through Lafayette Square, the small park adjacent to the White House, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Defense Staff Mark Milley, was the trigger. He said the president “crossed the line that day” when it came to using the military for party politics.
Jim Matti’s stance has since dropped the floor in the military. Former Chief of Defense Staff Martin Dempsey wrote on Twitter that the country is “not a battlefield” and that its “citizens are not an enemy”. “No matter what target Donald Trump demanded during this visit (in front of the church), he did not hide his disdain for the right to peaceful protest in this country,” wrote another former head of state. major of the armies, Michael Mullen, in a column published in Atlantic. Similarly, former General John Allen said Donald Trump’s threat to use the military on American soil was reminiscent of “what’s happening in authoritarian regimes.” “It’s not happening in the United States and we should not tolerate it,” he added.
The US military, our sons and daughters, will risk protecting their citizens. Their job is unimaginably hard abroad; more difficult at home. Respect them, because they respect you. America is not a battlefield. Our citizens are not the enemy. #Become better
– GEN (R) Martin E. Dempsey (@Martin_Dempsey) June 1, 2020
To see so much criticism expressed in public is not trivial. Donald Trump has no political interest in going against the traditionally conservative and highly respected army in the Republican elections. His decision on Thursday, June 4 to send troops home outside Washington seems to be a sign of recent criticism.
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“The army is part of the Republican Party’s DNA and Donald Trump understood this during his 2015-2016 campaign,” Jean-Éric Branaa said. “He seemed to be a friend of the military. So now it’s a problem to see generals being reluctant to do so.”
“Have the courage in our beliefs to say it loud and clear”
Especially about the snowball effect the congress brings with it. Because after the attacks from the army, language begins to loosen among moderate Republicans, as evidenced by the words of Senator Lisa Murkowski.
“I thought General Matti’s words were true, honest, necessary and overdue,” she said Thursday, June 4, to journalists in Congress. “It seemed to me that maybe we would get to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we hold inside and have the courage of our beliefs to say it out loud and clear.”
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When asked if she plans to vote for Donald Trump’s re-election in November, she said: “I still have problems with this. I’ve been struggling with this for a long time.”
Such statements are extremely rare in the Republican camp, which has been largely loyal to the US president during previous crises, including during his impeachment trial – with the notable exception of Mitt Romney. “Until now, there was a block behind Donald Trump, the possible critics within the party kept a low profile, but now these are starting to speak openly,” Jean-Éric Branaa notes. But the risk for Trump is to hug your hard core. it remains unconditional support from the president, it may not be enough to win in November. “