Trump Wants His Absolved War Criminals To Campaign With Him
President Donald Trump on Nov. 15 absolved three convicted or accused war criminals from consequences and has told his allies that he wants them included on the road in his re-election campaign, according to The Daily Beast.
Trump believes he has rectified major injustices against now-cleared Clint Lorance, Matthew Golsteyn, and Edward Gallagher, a decision that cost Navy Secretary Richard Spencer his job on Sunday.
Sources revealed that Trump is considering taking the three formerly-accused men on the road for his 2020 rallies, while the right-wing media has portrayed them as martyrs brought down by “political correctness” within the military.
“He briefly discussed making it a big deal at the convention,” said one of the anonymous sources. “The president made a reference to the 2016 [convention] and where they brought on-stage heroes” like former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who refused to execute detained civilians ahead of a Taliban attack.
Navy Secretary Spencer clashed with President Trump over if Gallagher would be able to maintain his full SEAL rank and position. Gallagher was acquitted for the murder of a wounded teenage fighter for the so-called Islamic State. He took a photo with the corpse and texted it with the caption “good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.”
Spencer, in his resignation letter, said he could not “in good conscience” carry out Trump’s order.
“The Constitution, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, are the shields that set us apart, and the beacons that protect us all,” he wrote. “Unfortunately it has become apparent in this respect that I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline.”
“I think more often than not when something like this happens in the administration, a lot of people hyperbolically state that ‘this is undermining our institutions’ or destroying our democracy,” said an anonymous official of the Trump administration who works on military issues. “Most of the time it is over-the-top nonsense, but not in this case. This whole thing is a mess and it will undermine good order and discipline in the SEAL community when it is badly needed after a string of incidents involving severe misconduct.”