General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis is, well… mad.
The former Defense Secretary has had longstanding disagreements with the president, ultimately leading to his departure from the Presidential Cabinet. However, that departure didn’t out their issues to bed. General Mattis has recently been highly critical of the president’s response to the ongoing George Floyd riots, and it’s turning a lot of heads.
Mattis penned a scathing review of Trump’s handling of the protests and subsequent riots, and it’s a pretty damning rebuke by the former Defense Secretary.
Mattis wrote, “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values – our values as people and our values as a nation. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
The General Has A Point That ALL Americans Should Hear
In this statement, he’s absolutely right…
We should, as a nation, stand up for those seeking justice and reform. It’s one of our most American of tenets. That’s why the right to protest was guaranteed in the First Amendment.
If you don’t think that our nation’s black men and women are profiled and pulled over by police more than whites, then you just haven’t been paying attention. It happens all the time, and it’s absolutely wrong.
“DWB,” or “Driving While Black,” is when a black person gets pulled over simply for the color of their skin and not in response to a crime. They could be a totally upstanding citizen, but their race alone was enough to make the police suspicious. It’s horrible, it happens way more than it should, and it needs to stop.
However, this isn’t something that President Trump can change overnight with an executive order. This is something that has to happen in each law enforcement office around the country, changing policy and providing training that improves officers at an individual level. Congress can implement new laws to similar effect, but it will be a very slow process.
However, putting this on Trump’s plate is not only an overreach, but it’s also largely unfair—but that sure didn’t stop Mad Dog from barking.
Mad Dog Let’s Emotions Get In The Way
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try.” Mattis continued. “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.”
And that’s where the general loses his credibility.
This statement proves that this isn’t a commentary on how Trump has handled the protests and riots, but rather about how Mattis feels, personally, about the president.
By saying “we are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” Mattis is trying to put the civil unrest and DECADES of racial injustice at Trump’s feet.
That’s disingenuous, and if the general doesn’t know that, then he’s not as smart as we’ve given him credit for.
This ISN’T about Trump. If you want to blame somebody for the riots, blame the decades of policies and inherent discrimination that have built bad habits. Trump largely had nothing to do with it.
Blame the career politicians who have been in office for decades and have changed NOTHING, not Trump.
Blame the people that don’t look at the REAL statistics, which show that white people are killed at higher rate than minorities. That’s not Trump’s fault.
While I will ALWAYS respect General Mattis, his accomplishments and his service to this country, I have to whole-heartedly disagree with him on this one. He may have let his personal feelings and emotions get the best of him here. It’s something that happens to the best of us – but just like I don’t agree with everything Trump says and does, I can’t agree to Mattis’ evaluation on our president.
The sad part is that both of these men have a lot more in common than Mad Dog may want to admit.
“Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.” – General James “Mad Dog” Mattis