Retired Navy Admiral: Forcefully Clearing DC Protesters Was Not “Morally Right”

Sarah Shaiman

Former military leaders have previously refrained from commenting about the president's actions regarding protestors.

This week, retired Navy Admiral William McRaven called the federal government’s use of force on protestors in Washington, DC, “not morally right,” according to the Hill.  

  • The federal authorities used force, including tear gas, on protestors in Lafayette Square on Monday evening to clear the area for a presidential photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
  • McRaven, who oversaw the team that took out Osama bin Laden in 2011, told MSNBC, "You’re not gonna use, whether it’s the military or the National Guard or law enforcement, to clear peaceful American citizens for the president of the U.S. to do a photo-op.”
  • He added, “There is nothing morally right about that.”
  • President Trump has expressed his willingness to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to send the military to stop protests if they continue.

McRaven’s comments come in the wake of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ comments blasting the president. Mattis has previously refrained from commenting on the actions of the president. However, military officials have begun to speak out against Trump’s authoritarian tactics as of late. 

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