U.S. Generals are raising the alarm

Our military has leaned strongly Republican. By law, active military are constrained from political action. Most retired officers are highly politically aware but strive to be non-partisan, and are often not aligned with either party.

The fact that so many top-ranked former Generals and Admirals have gone on record to speak out against Donald Trump underscores the gravity of the threat he represents to our democracy and, ultimately, what it means to be American. Below are warnings from a number of these retired, highly respected military commanders.

Admiral William McRaven

Former Commander of U. S. Special Operations Command

“As Americans, we should be frightened — deeply afraid for the future of the nation…. Trump is actively working to undermine every major institution in this country.”

General James Mattis

Retired U. S. Marine Corps General / Secretary of Defense for President Trump

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who…tries to divide us.”

“The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer’. Our American answer [was] In ‘Union there is Strength’”

Lt. General John Allen

Former Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

“June 1, 2020. Remember the date. It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment”

General Michael Hayden

Retired Air Force four-star general, Former Director of the National Security Agency, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

“It is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions and reinstate the moral foundations of our democracy.”

General Barry McCaffrey

Retired U.S. Army General, awarded 3 Purple Heart Medals for wounds received in combat, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, and 2 Silver Stars for valor.

“We are dealing with a lawless President who has no allegiance to our Constitution or values. We have never encountered such a terrible man in the Presidency.”

General John Kelly

Retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served as President Trump’s Chief of Staff

“No president ever is a dictator or a king.”

Admiral James Stavridis,

Retired U. S. Navy admiral / Former supreme allied commander of NATO

“This is really a collision between order and rule of law and increasing anarchy…. you start to feel that needle moving from The Federalist Papers toward the island in the Lord of the Flies.”

General Colin Powell

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State

“We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from it… This is not the way the system is supposed to work.”

General Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) / also served as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan

“I don’t think [Trump] tells the truth… I think he is, [immoral].”

Admiral Mike Mullen

Retired U. S. Navy Admiral / Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Trump “gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife.”

General Wesley Clark,

Four-star U.S. Army General / Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Donald Trump is “concerned with self-preservation and little else.”

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