Serious Warning from Retired Generals: Trump’s Abuse of Executive Powers

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During the last week Trump abused his powers with an act of domestic terrorism, and threatened another. On Monday evening, Trump ordered capitol police and members of the national guard to remove a crowd of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park by force. They used tear gas and rubber bullets to prevent hundreds of Americans from exercising their first amendment rights, chasing them away from Trump’s path to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The purpose? A photo op. Today he continues to threaten the use of our military against peaceful protesters across America. This would be another violation of executive powers.

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Several retired generals are denouncing Trump’s fascist actions and intent to destroy democracy around the world.

Generals Jim Mattis, John Allen, Martin E. Dempsey, Tony Thomas, and Michael Hayden all attacked their former Commander-in-Chief.

General Allen pointed to Trump’s fallacious claim that Antifa, a leaderless organization, was responsible for violent actions in several cities. Allen said: “Far more damage to the United States has come from these terrorists—fascists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis, all feeling newly empowered today—than those who have opposed them.”

General Mattis:  ”We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.” In a statement to CNN, Mattis said: “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.”

General Dempsey: “America’s military, our sons and daughters, will place themselves at risk to protect their fellow citizens. Their job is unimaginably hard overseas; harder at home. Respect them, for they respect you. America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy.”

General Thomas: “The “battle space” of America??? Not what America needs to hear…ever unless we are invaded by an adversary or experience a constitutional failure…ie a Civil War.”

General Hayden tweeted his dismay that the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, walked behind Trump. “I was appalled to see him in his battle dress. Milley (he’s a general?!?) should not have walked over to the church with Trump.”

I will conclude with the repetition of what I have been saying for years, “Trump is not an American and cannot be allowed to remain in the White House.” His actions and words violate the Constitution every day. By violating his oath of office he validates his impeachment, and why the Republican Senate should have removed him from office.

There are too may times Trump has abused his powers and obstructed justice to be able to count them. Each instance is sufficient to warrant impeachment.

If you are eligible, you must vote in November. Trump is not my president, and I hope he is not yours. We deserve better, and Trump has proven that anyone would be better than a malignant narcissist.

Op-ed by James Turnage

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