Ret. Marine Gen: We May Be At “Beginning Of The End Of The American Experiment”
Retired four-star Marine General John Allen castigated President Donald Trump for threatening to use the U.S. military against protesters this week, writing that the president’s actions "may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment."
Trump has resorted to violent rhetoric in the face of widespread protests against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week.
The “former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under the Obama administration” wrote that "to even the casual observer, Monday was awful for the United States and its democracy."
Allens rebuke follows Trump’s declaration on Monday that he is America’s “president of law and order” — words he uttered as “peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, apparently so Trump could visit a nearby church,” CNN noted.
The retired general took aim at Trump’s use of religion for political purposes, writing:
Donald Trump isn't religious, has no need of religion, and doesn't care about the devout, except insofar as they serve his political needs. The President failed to project any of the higher emotions or leadership desperately needed in every quarter of this nation during this dire moment.
We know why he did all this on Monday. He even said so while holding the Bible and standing in front of the church. It was about MAGA—'making America great again.
CNN noted that Trump slightly walked back his threat to use the military on American soil, saying during a Wednesday evening interview with his former White House press secretary Sean Spicer: "I don't think we'll have to,” but adding that he has "very strong powers to do it.”
Regardless, Allen suggested that Trump has brought the United States to a dangerous place and urged Americans to follow the lead of Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, who called for peaceful protests and voting in November.
"So, while June 1 could easily be confused with a day of shame and peril if we listen to Donald Trump, if instead we listen to Terrence Floyd, it is a day of hope. So mark your calendars—this could be the beginning of the change of American democracy not to illiberalism, but to enlightenment," Allen wrote.
"But it will have to come from the bottom up. For at the White House, there is no one home."