Retired Navy Admiral: Trump Is Working To Undermine Every U.S. Institution

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"He has planted the seeds of doubt in the minds of many Americans that our institutions aren’t functioning properly."

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that took out Osama bin Laden in 2011, accused President Trump in a Washington Post op-ed of not only attempting to undermine the U.S. Postal Service but every major U.S. institution.

McRaven said Trump is showcasing “the theme of every autocrat who ever seized power or tried to hold onto it.”

Today, as we struggle with social upheaval, soaring debt, record unemployment, a runaway pandemic, and rising threats from China and Russia, President Trump is actively working to undermine every major institution in this country. He has planted the seeds of doubt in the minds of many Americans that our institutions aren’t functioning properly. And, if the president doesn’t trust the intelligence community, law enforcement, the press, the military, the Supreme Court, the medical professionals, election officials and the postal workers, then why should we? And if Americans stop believing in the system of institutions, then what is left but chaos and who can bring order out of chaos: only Trump. It is the theme of every autocrat who ever seized power or tried to hold onto it.

He noted that the USPS is currently in the line of fire, adding that by seeking “to undermine the U.S. Postal Service and stop mail-in voting, he is taking away our voice to decide who will lead America.”

“Our institutions are the foundation of a functioning democracy,” McRaven wrote. “While they are not perfect, they are still the strongest bulwark against overzealous authority figures. The institutions give the people a voice; a voice in the information we receive, a voice in the laws we pass, a voice in the wars we fight, the money we spend and the justice we uphold. And a voice in the people we elect.”

Read the full op-ed.

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