Donald Trump hits out at Jim Mattis AGAIN with excoriating new tweet

Donald Trump hits back at Jim Mattis AGAIN by tweeting rambling letter from his former lawyer accusing Marine general of siding with ‘terrorists’ in Lafayette Park and praising president’s ‘balls’ against ‘bedwetters’

  • Mattis had kept quiet on Trump since leaving the administration but blasted his leadership Wednesday as protests over George Floyd’s death continue
  •  ‘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 wrote
  •  Mattis also blasted Trump’s ‘bizarre photo-op’ outside the White House with troops after protesters were forcibly cleared from the area
  • Trump fired back, calling Mattis ‘overrated’: ‘His primary strength was not military… I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him’
  • On Thursday evening, Trump hit out at Mattis again, sharing a letter from retired Marine John Dowd that was critical of the former defense secretary

Donald Trump has hit out at his former defense secretary James Mattis again – one day after the military veteran published a scalding letter denouncing the president’s leadership in the face of widespread protests across the country. 

In a piece published on Wednesday, Mattis spoke out for the first time publicly since he was fired by Trump in 2018,  blasting the commander-in-chief for making a ‘mockery of the Constitution’ and further dividing the nation during a time of crisis.  

On Wednesday evening, Trump blasted back, calling Mattis ‘the world’s most overrated General’. But the Commander-in-chief was content criticizing the former defense secretary just once. 

On Thursday, he lashed out for a second time by tweeting out a copy of a scathing letter his former lawyer, John Dowd, had written to Mattis. 

‘I thought this letter from respected retired Marine and Super Star lawyer, John Dowd, would be of interest to the American People. Read it!’ Trump wrote about the letter. 

In the letter Dowd savages Mattis, and writes: ‘President Trump has done more to help our minority brothers and sisters in the last three years than anyone in the last fifty.  


Former Defense Secretary James Mattis broke his silence on Trump’s leadership Wednesday,  revealing he is ‘angry and appalled’ at his handling of the George Floyd protests. His comments have provoked multiple angry responses from the President

John Dowd, who was a former legal advisor to President Trump, wrote a critical letter of Mattis on Thursday 

JOHN DOWD’S SCATHING LETTER TO JIM MATTIS IN FULL  

Jim:

I slept on your statement and woke up appalled and upset. You lost me. Never dreamed you would let a bunch of hack politicians use your good name and reputation—earned with the blood and guts of young Marines. You did what you said you would—engage in this discourse. Marines keep their word.

The phony protesters near Lafayette park were not peaceful and are not real. They are terrorists using idle hate filled students to burn and destroy. They were abusing and disrespecting the police when the police were preparing the area for the 1900 curfew. Jim, this is the new nihilism. See Dan Henninger in WSJ today. Marines support the police in harms way.

Did you forget that President Bush used active duty Marines to quell the riots in LA? President Trump has countless cities and some snowflake governors and mayors wetting themselves in the use force to protect innocent lives and property. The AG of Massachusetts thinks burning property is good protest.

Three more policemen were stabbed and shot in NYC last night.

Think about it. Should he be upset about the obvious failure of leadership? Where are you Jim?

Marines go to the fight.

No one divided this country more than Obama. He abandoned our black brothers and sisters. He gave guns to the cartels. He apologized for our precious sacrifice and generosity overseas.

President Trump has done more to help our minority brothers and sisters in the three years than anyone in the last fifty. Ask the black pastors. Ask the leaders of the black colleges and universities. He got them funded. Ask them about the prison reform which ended the draconian sentences imposed on young black men by the laws enacted by Biden and his hacks. You need to bone up on your homework and stop listening to Uncle Leon.

I understand, you had to stick to the assigned narrative which did not include three years of corrupt investigations and evidence to destroy this President, his office, and his lawful free election. Nancy has no tolerance for dissent in the ranks—including those with stars.

You said nothing of the ugly, hate filled, disgraceful comments of Pelosi, Schumer, Perez and other Democrat hacks defaming the President and his office. You said nothing of the unlawful sanctuary cities and the unlawful release of hoodlums. You said nothing of the resistance movement to paralyze our courts and our government operations. You said nothing of the obstruction and subversion of our immigration laws. You said nothing of MS-13 killers and the drug cartels who own huge sections of our major cities. Jim, do you think that hateful rhetoric and those corrupt actions were inspiring and unifying? Do you think the DI’s at Parr’s Island would find such behavior as unifying?

Maybe, your problem, is a lot deeper. Perhaps you ought to explain how and why you (and John Allen), as CG Central Command, did not engage and take out Iranian Major General Soleimani who roamed the Middle East and wreaked havoc and death of American boys with his infamous IEDs?

Why did it take President Trump to have the instinct and balls to take him out (of course over the objection the geniuses in the Pentagon)?

Looks like the Persian mullahs were a one horse sleigh and Trump nailed the horse….forever. It has been quiet ever since. Perhaps, your anger is borne of embarrassment for your own failure as the leader of Central command. Did you applaud when the President recognized the central problem in the middle east? Did you applaud the President when he wanted to save American lives by bringing them home in one piece?

John M Dowd     

Trump initially hit out at Mattis on Wednesday night, tweeting: ‘Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it,’ Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.   

‘His nickname was “Chaos”, which I didn’t like, & changed to “Mad Dog,” Trump added. 

While Trump claimed that he fired Mattis, the general had submitted his resignation after he disagreed with Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of Syria.

His military call sign was ‘Chaos’ which stands for ‘Colonel Has Another Outstanding Suggestion’. He was given his nickname ‘Mad Dog’, which Mattis reportedly does not like, years before Trump came into office.

‘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!’ Trump added.  

 

Mattis’ op-ed in The Atlantic was his first time publicly castigating the president, condemning the flexing of military might against George Floyd protests, which he calls a legitimate response to demands for equal justice. 

‘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,’ Mattis said.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the president and criticized Mattis as ineffectual. 

‘Former Secretary Mattis’ “article” is little more than a self-promotional stunt to appease the DC elite. President Donald Trump is the law and order President that has restored peace to our nation’s streets. Mattis’ small words pale in comparison to POTUS’ strong action.’

In his statement Mattis, a four-star Marine general, compared Trump’s tactics of seeking to ‘divide’ the nation to that of the Nazis.

‘Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was ‘Divide and Conquer,’ he writes. ‘Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis – confident that we are better than our politics.’ 

 

 

In his op-ed, Mattis pointedly takes on Trump’s photo-op Monday, where the president brandished a bible in front of St. John’s Church after protesters were cleared from the area. He writes that he is ‘angry and appalled’ by unfolding events

His statement about Trump seeking to divide the nation immediately follows. 

‘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,’ he continues.

He pointedly takes on Trump’s photo-op Monday, where the president brandished a bible in front of St. John’s Church after protesters were cleared from the area. He writes that he is  ‘angry and appalled’ by unfolding events.

‘We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite,’ Mattis wrote.

He called for unity and calm. ‘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.’ 

His blistering article comes as other former military officials, including former head of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen, blasted Trump for seeking to ‘politicize’ the military.

Mattis also wholeheartedly backs those marching for changes to U.S. policing after the death of George Floyd, who is black, at the hands of a white police officer – even singling out a ‘small number of lawbreakers’ who have undertaken property damage, which left a swath of buildings in downtown D.C. with shattered windows. 

‘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,’ writes Mattis.

He also blasts a comment by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, whose job is already in jeopardy, for his comment calling for governors to ‘dominate the battlespace’ in U.S. cities.

‘We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate.’ At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society,’ he writes. 

‘It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part.’

He also blasted the ‘bizarre photo-up’ that Trump ordered up, as federal police backed up by National Guard cleared away peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park.

Federal police backed up by National Guard cleared away peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park to make way for President Trump on Sunday  

‘When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,’ writes Mattis. ‘Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.’

Mattis indicated when he resigned his post that he felt an obligation to keep comments to himself. ‘There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever,’ he said at the time.

While he was in office, Mattis stood out among other cabinet officials for failing to shower the president with over-the-top praise at public events.

Behind the scenes, there were clashes, as his former spokesman Guy Snodgrass recounted in his tell-all.

Mattis even told aides he would rather ‘swallow acid’ than allow Trump to throw a $50 million ‘Victory Parade’ in the nation’s capital. 

Trump tapped Mattis along with other high-profile military officers to staff his administration. He was nicknamed the ‘Warrior Monk’ and and quoted Homer and Sun Tzu.   

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John’s Church for Trump’s visit 

READ MARINE GENERAL JIM MATTIS’ FULL CONDEMNATION OF DONALD TRUMP

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.

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens -much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate.’ At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict -a false conflict -between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that ‘America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.’ We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.

Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis -confident that we are better than our politics.

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.

We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s ‘better angels,’ and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path – which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals- will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

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