In his statement to the Atlantic, Mr. Mattis denounced in particular Mr. Trump’s threat this week to order the military to restore order amid riots in U.S. cities. He said this threatens the Constitution, which is overwrought given that George H.W. Bush and other Presidents have done this. Mr. Mattis also undersold the significant harm that riots have done in many cities (see nearby).
But the general’s real motivation here is to tell the public that Mr. Trump lacks the character to be President and should be defeated in November. “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,” Mr. Mattis said. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”I still speak quite often, really! to another general I know very well and it is sad to realize that he continues on as he did all of his life and gets his news and shapes his opinion of what is going on in the world based on what he still thinks of as an unbiased news media. He still watches the broadcast network news every night and Washington Week in Review and without fail he watches the News Hour on PBS and he thinks he is every bit and as well informed as when he started watching those shows starting back in 1965. I think this is affecting General Mattis as well. Both men remember the "news that was" and not the hideous pack of lies and mistruths that it has allowed itself to become over the last 30 years.
The President is reacting to the collapse of our urban centers and a fascist revolution that is clearly being organized nationwide by a group dedicated to the overthrow of the Constitution of the United States. It is no time for faint hearts or half measures. Antifa is destroying the up and coming leading edge of the black community and burning it out even as it staggers to remain upright following the disastrous response to the fake pandemic that led to the shutdown of most businesses and stores in the urban cores.
The President is well aware of the fact that we are well past the point where there can be any meaningful reconciliation with the left. They all believe everything they hear on the news and from Hollywood and from the likes of antifa and their partners in crime at NPR and PBS. Reconciliation with the likes of them would be like snuggling up to a 40 foot salt water crocodile. You could do it but it wouldn't mean much or last long.
It's sad to see General Mattis hoodwinked by the liars and manipulators of the daily media bombardment of American traditions and culture.