Thursday, June 4, 2020
General Jim Mattis is Sorta Right About President Trump's Divisiveness, But for the Wrong Reasons
General Jim Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, has become the latest, media popular critic of President Trump. He said “President Trump is the first president in my lifetime who tries not 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 without mature leadership.” He viewed unconstitutional the President’s threat of using military force. The Trump Presidency is divisive, especially to the Democrats, media, academia, and Hollywood. President Trump says and Tweets things even his ardent supporters wished he wouldn’t. Donald Trump is who Donald Trump is: a New York City streetwalker who will not back down, but fights back. His statements about using military force, if necessary, against the looters and rioters, is mostly divisive to the looters, rioters, and torchers. President Trump has clearly, unequivocally expressed his support for peaceful demonstrations. President Trump has clearly, unequivocally stated his outrage over the brutal killing of George Floyd. You probably don’t know it. Why? The media will not report anything favorable about President Trump. The media will not print anything outside their narrow view of the President. In case you missed it, this is the transcript of a ten minute expression of outrage and sympathy to the family, an expression of unity: Donald Trump: (00:00) I want to thank our great Vice President for your fearless and tireless commitment to fulfilling America’s destiny in space. Thank you very much, Mike. Great job. Great job. We’re all so grateful to Mike’s wonderful wife, Karen, for being here and for all she does for our country. Thank you. Thank you, Karen. Before going further on this exciting day for all America in space, I want to say a few words about the situation in Minnesota. The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger and grief. Yesterday, I spoke to George’s family and expressed the sorrow of our entire nation for their loss. I stand before you as a friend and ally to every American seeking justice and peace and I stand before you in firm opposition to anyone exploiting this tragedy to loot, rob, attack and menace. Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos, are the mission at hand. Donald Trump: (01:41) The police officers involved in this incident have been fired from their jobs. One officer has already been arrested and charged with murder. State and federal authorities are carrying out an investigation to see what further charges may be warranted, including against sadly, the other three. In addition, my administration has opened a civil rights investigation and I have asked the Attorney General and the Justice Department to expedite it. I understand the pain that people are feeling. We support the right of peaceful protestors and we hear their pleas, but what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or with peace. The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other radical left wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings. Donald Trump: (02:59) The main victims of this horrible, horrible situations are the citizens who live in these once lovely communities. The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dream. Right now, America needs creation, not destruction, cooperation, not contempt, security, not anarchy and there will be no anarchy. Civilization must be cherished, defended, and protected. The voices of law abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly. We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. We must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice, or fear. We support the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted public servants. They keep our city safe, protect our communities from gangs and drugs and risk their own lives for us every day. Donald Trump: (04:22) No one is more upset than fellow law enforcement offices by this small handful who failed to abide by their oath to serve and protect. My administration will stop mob violence and we’ll stop it cold. It does not serve the interest of justice or any citizen of any race, color, or creed for the government to give into anarchy, abandoned police precincts, or allow communities to be burned to the ground, won’t happen. Those making excuses or justifications for violence are not helping the downtrodden, but delivering new anguish and new pain. From day one of my administration, we’ve made it a top priority to build up distressed communities and revitalize our crumbling inner cities. We fought hard with Senator Tim Scott ___ and many others to create opportunity zones, helping to draw a surge of new investment to the places in our country that need it most. Donald Trump: (05:45) We must all work together as a society to expand opportunity and to create a future of greater dignity and promise for all of our people. We must forge a partnership with community leaders, local law enforcement and the faith community to restore hope. Radical left criminals, thugs, and others all throughout our country and throughout the world, will not be allowed to set communities ablaze. We won’t let it happen. It harms those who have the least, and we will be protecting those who have the least. The leadership of the National Guard and the Department of Justice are now in close communication with state and city officials in Minnesota and we’re coordinating our efforts with local law enforcement all across our nation. In America, justice is never achieved at the hands of an angry mob. I will not allow angry mobs to dominate, won’t happen. It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of American democracy, the rule of law and our independent system of justice. Donald Trump: (07:15) Every citizen in every community has the right to be safe in their workplace, safe in their homes and safe in our city streets. This is the sacred right of all Americans that I am totally determined to defend and will defend. My administration will always stand against violence, mayhem and disorder. We will stand with the family of George Floyd, with the peaceful protestors and with every law abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security. We are working toward a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down. Donald Trump: (08:03) But that means building up, not tearing down, joining hands, not hurling fests, standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility. Moments ago as we went and just the launch of two great American astronauts into space, we were filled with the sense of pride and unity that brings us together as Americans. That same spirit, which powered our astronauts to the moon has also helped lift our country to ever greater heights of justice and opportunity throughout our history. So today, as we mark a renewed commitment to America’s future in space, a tremendous commitment it is. Let us also commit to a brighter future for all of our citizens right here on earth. When Americans are united, there is nothing we cannot do. From day one of my administration, we put America first. Does not sound like a President preaching divisiveness! The New York Times and Los Angeles Times clearly, unequivocally expressed their opposition to President Trump right after the election. The media basically said they would not just do anything to oppose, but also destroy his Presidency. If Donald Trump were the second coming of Jesus Christ (I don’t think he is), they would call him Satan. They took out Nixon. They think they can take out Trump. Whatever it takes: Edit comments out of context Ignore history and facts Provide a forum to Representative Adam Schiff, the 21st Century Tail Gun Joe McCarthy. Never apologize for a mistake The New York Times, Washington Post, and the New York Times with CNN and MSNBC led the media cheerleaders for Trump’s impeachment and removal of office. So what if the Constitutional requirements weren’t met! The LA Times made clear in 2016 “He is unfit to run the country.” Donald Trump had to go. They vilified Reagan and the two Bushes. They would get rid of Trump. Russia Ukraine Obstruction of Justice Abuse of Power Taxes Emoluments Clause 25th Amendment Whatever? It didn’t matter. Slime Trump. Trash Trump. Defame Trump. Vilify Trump Denigrate Trump The unconstitutionality claim is typical of the false information being told the public. A reporter on NBC 4 in Los Angeles was irate, saying he knew of no instance in which the military was used in domestic disturbance. Rank ignorance. President George H. W. Bush sent 4,500 federal troops in Los Angeles, yes the same Los Angeles, to help suppress the 1992 LA riots. President Eisenhower sent nationalized the Arkansas National Guard and dispatched federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to suppress race riots and escort 9 African-American students into Central High School. President Kennedy in 1962 sent federal troops to Mississippi to suppress another race riot trying to prevent integration of the University of Michigan. The President has the power to use the military to prevent insurrections, broadly defined. Presidents have invoked the Insurrection Act over 100 times. The Preface to the Constitution provides: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility ….” Domestic Tranquility!!!!!