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Fox News host Laura Ingraham believes former Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ stunning decision to trash President Donald Trump in an op-ed was motivated by the resentment he allegedly feels over the president not doing what he wanted.
“I am not surprised in the slightest that Gen. Mattis said what he said,” she said late Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“I think he’s still mad that Trump wanted to try to pull troops out of the Middle East and that Trump asked NATO to pay up its dues. I didn’t think he liked any of that, and he’s never much liked Trump.”
Mattis disliked the president’s Dec. 19, 2018-announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria so much that he announced his resignation the day immediately after.
And then two years later on June 3, 2020, he published an op-ed at The Atlantic attacking the president for trying to maintain law & order amid the ongoing riots.
It was simply flabbergasting to Ingraham.
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“[W]e have weapons that are being used on our street against our people, our economy and the history of our country, and in just our psyche, our national psyche, and so for James Mattis to call Trump the problem … are you kidding me!?” she continued.
“I mean, with all due respect to his amazing service to the country, I find it offensive at this time in our history you attack the president, who’s trying to bring order to the situation.”
The president’s specifically trying to bring order to a situation that’s involved the burning of businesses, the looting of stores and the outright murder of innocent people.
“It seems that he’s upset about the military troops being brought to bear perhaps in our cities,” Ingraham added, referring to Mattis again. “What’s the alternative if our cities start really burning, if Antifa really starts running the show? Just let it burn!? I guess.”
“Let’s save Iraq but let America burn. OK, try to run a campaign on that and see how many people vote for it.”
The Iraq War reference was likely a subtle shot at Mattis, who’d reportedly played an integral role during the war and was later accused of allegedly committing war crimes.
“Retired Gen. James Mattis earned the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ for leading U.S. Marines into battle in Fallujah, Iraq, in April 2004,” the radically far-left Alliance for Global Justice’s “Popular Resistance” website claims.
“In that assault, members of the Marine Corps, under Mattis’ command, shot at ambulances and aid workers. They cordoned off the city, preventing civilians from escaping. They posed for trophy photos with the people they killed.”
And that’s clearly quite different than simply, as an example, using smoke canisters and pepper balls to get control of an unruly crowd of rioters.
Or sending in the military to stop dangerous looters like the ones seen below:
This husband and wife tried to stop looters from destroying their small business. Instead of stopping, the thugs targeted the woman and beat her to a pulp in broad daylight. pic.twitter.com/1w9DChnadI
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 31, 2020
Ingraham’s guest, retired Gen. Robert Spalding, agreed with her concerns about the rising violence and anarchy but attributed Mattis’s op-ed more to just standard-fare Washington elitism.
“I feel like there’s a disconnect in Washington, D.C.,” he explained. “Having been a part of the national security establishment, you get the impression that people in D.C. that are working in the bureaucracy have forgotten what America’s about, have forgotten the American people.”
He’d previously served on the National Security Council from May 2017 to January 2018.
“And you know, the president has a responsibility to protect the American people,” Spalding continued. “We have looting, we have violence, we have destruction of property. And I think he’s done what he has to do.”
“And if you need to do more, you can remember that Herbert Hoover in 1932 called then-Col. MacArthur to clean out Washington, D.C., because the veterans from World War One were protesting. So this is something that the president has authority to do, and quite frankly, Americans are looking to him to lead, to protect them.”
As the discussion on FNC concluded, Spalding again reiterated that the president is simply trying to protect the American people from an endless series of attacks.
“For 20 years we let the Chinese take the working-class jobs, then we had coronavirus, which small business were destroyed, and now we have the riots, where 52nd street in Philadelphia … everything’s gone,” he said. “So the working class feels like they’re they’re at war with everybody, and really the president’s trying to protect them, I think.”
Indeed, but as Ingraham noted in her closing remarks, those things that are hurting the American people are exactly what elites like Mattis WANT for the country.
“All the people who are gonna vote for Joe Biden, all the people doing their trashing of Trump online, they’re in favor of all those policies to send minority jobs overseas. They’re in favor of continuing these wars that have sent a lot of minorities to die for countries other than our own,” she said.